-Peterson Abu




Matthew  19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?



As we examine the conversation between the rich young ruler and Jesus Christ, there is a request and prayer made by this young ruler to Jesus Christ that every believer such make to God likewise, and such request is noteworthy for every believer to pray unto God daily. As we are journeying to heaven, we must be certain as not to be deceiving ourselves and others, because doing such make us hypocrites before God.


The response of the rich young ruler is crucial for our study and examination, as it revealed the deficiency of doing things outwardly right from an imperfect heart.


2 Chronicles  25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.


There are many outward exhibition done by many believers of which bear external evidences of righteousness. Like sometimes charitable act can stigmatize a believer to be righteous, also activities like preaching, dressing in a godly way, using of Christian languages, and speaking in a meek and low tune voice can impose on the eyes of the beholders that such a Christian is actually holy before God. But I will want to make known unto you that doing such do not guarantee the truthfulness of a pure and perfect heart. Like the young ruler who claim to have been keeping the moral laws of Moses from his youth, appeared to be religiously perfect and qualify by outward examination, but before the eyes of Christ, he lacked something.


Christ can never lie, therefore every believer desiring to make heaven must submit themselves to the judgment of the Scripture and the Spirit. Believers must prayerfully seek God daily to revealed to them the hidden idol and passions that work contrary to the holiness of God.


The rich young ruler met the external condition, but not with a perfect heart. He was not stealing, not a murderer, not committing adultery, not bowing down to images,  not bearing false witness etc but he had a problem in his heart. Though he was free from outward worship of idol, but internally he had an idol.


Matthew  19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.  19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.  19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.


The internal unconquered problem of this external righteous man was love of self and pleasure above love for God. To love God is to love your neighbors that you can see. This problem of the rich young ruler is also a problem of many religious worshippers. That is why so called spiritual people sometimes mind their families and themselves only, and close their eyes against the brethren that are in need in the church or around them. That is why many so called christian people shut the doors of financial support for the needy. They can preach to them, pray for them and with them, but their money can never come to them, despite their outward show of morality and halfbake love.


Like this young ruler, believers must pray to God to show them what they are lacking. You may appear godly outwardly yet you lack love for your family, spouse, neighbours and even your human enemies. If you sing christian songs, pray and speak in tongues with bitterness and internal problem of sin, all your outward show is nothing before God.


Beloved we must ask Jesus to judge us now and to expose to us the hidden nature of sin under the disguise of religion or spirituality, and to wash it away from us with the blood of Jesus Christ.  Remember:


“Holiness is only perfected in the sight of God”


God bless you for reading.





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