When Riches Rob You of Jesus

A rich young man wanted to follow Jesus, but he loved his possessions too much. We must be careful that our riches don’t rob us of following Jesus.


Mark 10:17-31

17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 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.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Harmful Riches (Mark 10:17-22)

  • Having everything in this life doesn’t guarantee your standing for eternal life.
  • Jesus sees the difference between a subdued behavior and a surrendered heart.
  • Owning something and being owned by something are two completely different things.

Harsh Realities (Mark 10:23-27)

  • Decorating our earthly kingdoms can distract us from preparing for God’s eternal Kingdom.
  • Riches have a dangerous tendency of numbing us to our need for God’s grace.
  • It is impossible to reach heaven if we think we have to earn the admission ourselves.

Heavenly Rewards (Mark 10:28-31)

  • You aren’t fully following Jesus if you are attempting to limit His involvement in your finances.
  • Follow Jesus in the big things and trust that He can handle the small things.
  • Anything you give in this temporal life cannot be compared to what you will gain in eternal life.