The rich young ruler came to Jesus seeking life, but Jesus gave him an ultimatum: either he serves his riches and rejects God, or he gets rid of his riches and follows Jesus. He could not love both the world and God. Jesus told him the hard truth because He loved him. Sadly, the young man walked away from Jesus and was very sorrowful, because he had great riches.
“Poor youth! He had a good mind to be a Christian, and to inherit eternal life, but thought it too dear, if it could be purchased at no less an expense than of his estate! And thus many, both young and old, now-a- days, come running to worship our blessed Lord in public, and kneel before him in private, and inquire at His gospel, what they must do to inherit eternal life: but when they find they must renounce the self- enjoyment of riches, and forsake all in affection to follow Him, they cry, ‘The Lord pardon us in this thing! We pray thee, have us excused’ … He will not!”
George Whitefield (the great open air preacher of England)
“Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear precedes the crown we wear.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown…” William Penn