Summary: If you want to be dedicated, REALLY dedicated to Christ, ask him what he wants from you, but be careful, he is going to answer you. Are you ready for that answer?
16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: "Teacher, what good things must I do to have eternal life?" 17 "Why ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "Only God is good. But to answer your question, you can receive eternal life if you keep the commandments." 18 "Which ones?" the man asked. And Jesus replied: "’Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’" 20 "I’ve obeyed all these commandments," the young man replied. "What else must I do?" 21 Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 22 But when the young man heard this, he went sadly away because he had many possessions. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I say it again – it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"
Q: How do I get deeper in Christ and far away from sin?
I. You have to want to go deep. (v.16)
a. You have to go to Jesus yourself.
• Take the initiative.
• Marks version of this story (10:17-31) says the man came and knelt down.
• We have to come to Jesus in reverence.
b. Jesus is not a mind reader
• Of course he knows all, but he wants you to know that he knows all.
• He is not going to do for you, what you can do for yourself.
• Going to Jesus is a sign that you honor his royalty.
c. Lip service is not going to cut it.
• You have to back up what you say, otherwise you are a phony. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
• You have to do it yourself; you cannot talk anyone into doing it for you.
• There are people who walk the walk, and who talk the talk, when its time to walk, people who walk, walk. The people who talk, talk people into walking for them. That can’t get done here.
II. Control your focus.(v.17)
a. Stop focusing on doing “stuff” in church (business of God vs. “busy-ness of God”)
• Don’t get so busy in doing things that you miss the point.
• This man was asking Jesus what he could “physically” [maybe even financially] do to get into heaven, as if it were a one time entrance fee. (This aint great adventures!!!!)
• There is no one shot deal. Christianity is a process, you wont be done until he comes back.
b. Don’t try to act like a Christian.
• Your act will eventually get you exposed, sometimes in the worse place.
• Its not about acting, its all about “being”
• You will never if you are acting like someone who hasn’t really read the script!
c. Know there is only one way you can obtain eternal life.
• John 3:16-17 [6 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.]
• Ezekiel 33:12 Son of man, give your people this message: The good works of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the sins of evil people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins.