14 Mar Luke 18:18-30
18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” 21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” 22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”
28 Peter said, “Behold, we have left our own homes and followed You.” 29 And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.”
Not submitting makes spoiled children. Children are told to do one thing; “Obey your father and mother”. That is not a suggestion, it is one of the 10 commandments. Salvation too, is a command. Jesus said in Luke 13: 3, “Unless you repent, you will perish.” If repenting was an option, we would not perish if we didn’t do it. Let’s think about three examples; Zacchaeus, Matthew and the rich young ruler. First Jesus commanded Zacchaeus to come down from the tree he was sitting in and Jesus told him that He was going to his house that day. Zacchaeus had to obey or disobey. No choice. If we disobey God, we are his enemy. Accepting a philosophy doesn’t bring salvation, but obedience to Christ commands does. Matthew wasn’t given a choice, Jesus simply said, “FOLLOW ME”. We either obey op we do not. When the rich young ruler asked what he must do to receive eternal life, Jesus told him to sell everything he had and give it to the poor and follow Me. He went away sorrowing, because he loved his money more than he loved Jesus. There is punishment for sin, because we aren’t invited, we are commanded to come.