Summary: Rich Young Ruler
YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE? (LUKE 18:18-27)
When Abraham Liebowitz gets to school he discovers that he is the only Jewish kid in the class. But it's a decent town and nobody really bothers him. One day the teacher asks the class Who was the greatest person who ever lived? and why? And to make it interesting she held a twenty dollar bill in the air and said whoever gives the best answer will get this twenty dollars.
All of the kids called out their guesses. One said, George Washington -- because he was the father of our country. That's excellent said the teacher.
Another said, Abraham Lincoln -- because he freed the slaves. That's also good said the teacher, reluctant to bestow an excellent, but still being polite.
One little girl said, Joan of Arc -- because she saved France. Another excellent choice said the teacher.
Then Abraham Liebowitz, raised his hand. So the teacher called on him. Abraham, who do you think was the greatest person who ever lived, and why? And Abraham said, Jesus Christ. The teacher was shocked. Abraham, she said, I'm very surprised. Class, I think we can all agree that Abraham should get the twenty dollars. And she handed Abraham Liebowitz the money.
At recess, the teacher was still very impressed. So she asked Abraham why he said Jesus. Abraham said, Look, personally I think Moses was the greatest person who ever lived, but... business is business!
Few Bible characters are richer than the ruler. Luke says he was very wealthy and Matthew and Mark says he had great possessions (KJV) in plural (Matt 19:22, Mark 10:22), to be compared to the singular possession Ananias donated to the church (Acts 5:1). There is scant evidence why he was called the rich young ruler other than his claim to keep the commandments since he was young..
What is money to you? How do you plan to use it? Why is worshipping money a deterrent to following God? Is money your superior or your servant?
Study the Scriptures, See Your Shortcoming
18 A certain ruler asked him, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 19 Why do you call me good? Jesus answered. No one is good--except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.' 21 All these I have kept since I was a boy, he said.
A beggar stopped a lawyer on the street in a large southern city and asked him for a quarter. Taking a long, hard look into the man's unshaven face, the attorney asked, "Don't I know you from somewhere? You should," came the reply. "I'm your former classmate. Remember, second floor, old Main Hall?" "Why Sam, of course I know you!" Without further question the lawyer wrote a check for $100. "Here, take this and get a new start. I don't care what's happened in the past, it's the future that counts." And with that he hurried on.
Tears welled up in the man's eyes as he walked to a bank nearby. Stopping at the door, he saw through the glass well-dressed tellers and the spotlessly clean interior. Then he looked at his filthy rags. They won't take this from me. They'll swear that I forged it, he muttered as he turned away.