Mark 10: 21b (NKJV) ….come, take up the cross, and follow me.”
The rich young ruler was attracted to Jesus. He longed for godliness, for purity, for holiness and when he looked at Jesus he saw all these things. But what happened when Jesus looked back at the rich young ruler? “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “One thing you lack; Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor….” God does not want to be number one on my list of 10 important things in my life, instead, God wants to be number one on a list of one. When Jesus looks at me He will identify anything that may come between me and making God absolutely the end all of end alls in my life. Anything in my life that threatens to undermine my relationship with God I need to be willing to release. In the rich young ruler’s case, giving up his attachment to wealth would have been like “carrying a cross” and he was unwilling to make such a sacrifice. God promises, in vs. 29, “there is no one what has left house or brothers or sisters….for My sake and the gospel’s who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time…and in the age to come, eternal life.” Be willing to put God number one on your list of the one thing most important in your life.