The Rich Young Man Who Went Away Empty Because He Had Too Much!
- By Mohd Saleem
- Published 07/2/2009
Mohd. Saleem was born into a wealthy Muslim family in Pakistan, grew up in Saudi Arabia and lives abroad now. He asked many questions on the meaning of life: Why am I here? Where did I come from? Is there really a God and if so where is He? Why doesn't He talk? One day while surfing at an internet cafe in a Middle Eastern country, he searched for Jesus. "Who Is Jesus?" and got lots of web sites. He was amazed that he could search about Jesus Christ on the internet! He kept coming to this web site often and so began his spiritual journey of faith in Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 29:11 declares "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."God has been faithful to Mohd Saleem.
17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
18"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'[a]"
20"Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."
21Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"
24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is[b] to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?"
27Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
28Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!"
29"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.
31But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
Mark 10:19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20
Mark 10:24 Some manuscripts is for those who trust in riches