If the story of the rich young ruler is not familiar to us then at least his success is enviable to some of us.Here is a young buck with the world at his feet.He is the epitome of success and living large.We are never told how he accumulated his wealth or position.He may have inherited them both or maybe it was another case of William Wilberforce:a young ambitious citizen with a mission.
Whatever the case,this young man was on a quest ,as we meet him now before Jesus it seems he is now in pursuit of Eternal life.
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
His problem however is that he thinks he has to “do something” to inherit eternal life.We cannot blame him because he worked and did deals to earn his wealth.He did not understand that its not all about what we do,a large part of our story is about grace.
We should never settle for the lie and assumption that we can do anything to earn the love or salvation of God.God has freely given these to us,hence its impossible to earn that which is freely given.
The word does command us to work,every man,his own salvation with fear and trembling but it is interesting to note that it is God which worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure.Jesus was being honest when He said his yoke is easy and his burden light .God does not give us a burden of having to work nor labor alone he comes along side us and does the work in us when we allow him.what a relief and a joy to know of such great loving kindness from Him towards us!
Our works alone cannot save us.Even when we do try, a lot of the times we fall short because our will power is not always enough.The rich Young ruler started on the basis of what he could do to earn eternal life but when he was presented with what to do,he could not do the very works he was asked to do.
So ask God for grace and let Him work in and with you,will you?