It always captures my attention when I read the story of the rich young man how much the Lord loved him. It’s clear that Jesus wanted nothing more than for His precious child to “get it.” He knew that if the man would only surrender his wealth and choose to devote his entire life to a higher cause, he would gain much more than he would give up. In fact, there’s something very interesting we discover as we look at the wording in this account. Like you’ve heard me say before, at that time in history, no greater honor could be bestowed on a Jewish young man than for a Rabbi to say, “Follow me.” The invitation meant that he would become a student of the teacher and devote himself entirely to a higher calling and purpose. These were the words Jesus spoke to the twelve when He called them, and He was extending the same opportunity to the rich young man. The Savior clearly invited him to embrace a life that would invoke a legacy far greater than any his money could purchase. Had he said “yes,” the 12 apostles would have become 13, and not only would we know his name, but he would have churches, monuments, and maybe even a book of the Bible named after him.
Never underestimate God’s ability to give you more, my friend. The call of Jesus is the most priceless gift you will ever receive, and nothing this world has to offer can compare to the eternal treasures you inherit when you apply yourself fully to His ways. The Lord loves you immeasurably, and He has perfectly positioned you in history for a time such as this. His plans for your life far exceed any you could devise on your own, so accept His invitation of discipleship, surrender what He asks of you, and step into your most blessed and abundant existence!