Scriptures: Mark 10:17-22
This young man from human perspective would be the perfect follower of Jesus. He ran to Jesus and knelt before Him. He recognized Jesus' authority: "What shall I do that I may inherit enteral life?" He was a young man; he was financially secure. He had a high level of morality: the Bible says that Jesus looked at him and loved him.
Jesus did not just see who he was but also what he could become. The young man asked the questions, but never expected the answer he received. It was the one thing he lacked the desire to give up: sell all you have and give to the poor. When you do that you will have treasure in Heaven: take up the cross and follow Me.
The Bible says he went away sad: He left speaking with Jesus in sorrow. Can you imagine being in Jesus' presence and leaving Him sad? The young ruler wanted to be accepted for who he was and not for what he could become. He must have felt that he was already giving enough. He wanted Jesus to accept him, but we are called to accept Jesus. Is there "one thing" that is keeping you from truly following Jesus?
Christianity promotes continual growth. "Christ loved us while we were yet sinners." His love for us does not leave us in our fallen state: Christ challenges us to grow; to go and sin no more.
Jesus sees our successes, but also knows our potential. This world has many opinions on acceptance. God loves us for who we are, but also sees all that we can become.