Mark 10:21 (NKJV) 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, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”God is not against money, people being rich or well-provided for in life, but He is against money becoming a god to us.
The rich young ruler, being of Jewish descent, should have been taught where the source of his wealth and blessings originated. Similarly, even though we might know who the source of our provision is, money can still slowly creep into our lives and cause us to idolise it, especially when it is accompanied by power. The problem with this rich young ruler is that he has tasted power and wealth, and it has become a stronghold in his life.
Deuteronomy 8:12-13,17-18 (NKJV) Lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;…. Then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Throughout the Bible, God has shown Himself to be a faithful provider and one who blesses. It is an issue when we begin to think that we have gained power and wealth with our own hands. Our hearts will be lifted up when life is good, and we will begin to think that we have no more need for God. We will be able to do whatever we like because we have money at our disposal, and nobody dares to speak into our lives.
It is an issue with God when we are proud and begin to trust in Mammon more than God. God has an issue with us when we idolise and trust in money. As soon as we are well-provided or rich, we will feel very subtly that we no longer need God in our lives.
Therefore, all the rich young ruler could have done was to have simple faith in Jesus and deal with his trust of money in his life. Jesus spoke right into his life by helping him to realise his trust of money was an idol in his life and the hindrance to his faith in God. God is a jealous God, and He doesn’t like us to be lukewarm and half-hearted towards Him. He wants all of us!
Sermon Series: Are You Young and Rich?
这位富有的犹太少年财主应该被教导过他的财富和祝福的源头是哪里。 同样，即使我们可能知道供应的来源是谁，金钱仍然可能缓慢地渗入我们的生活，并导致我们将其偶像化，特别是在金钱伴随着权力的情况下。 这个有钱的年轻官员的问题在于他尝到了权力和财富，并且已经成为他一生的营垒。
在整本圣经中，上帝都表明自己是一位信实的供应者和祝福者。 当我们开始认为自己凭双手获得了权力和财富时，这就成为一个问题。 当生活美好时，我们的心里轻松，开始认为我们不再需要上帝。 我们可以做任何我们想做的事情，因为我们有钱可支配，而且没人敢对我们的生活说三道四。
当我们感到骄傲并开始更加信任玛门而不是上帝时，就同上帝产生了问题。 上帝不愿我们崇拜和信任金钱。 一旦我们有足够的供应或财富，我们就会微妙地感到我们在生活中不再需要上帝。
因此，这位富有的少年财主所能做的就是单纯地相信耶稣，并解决他生命中对金钱的信任。 耶稣直言不讳， 帮助他认识到对金钱的信任是他生命中的偶像，并阻碍了他对上帝的信心。 上帝是一个忌邪的上帝，祂不喜欢我们对他不冷不热和半心半意。 他要我们的全部！