The Rich Young Ruler syndrome

Mark 10:17-22 NIV
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” [18] “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. [19] You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ” [20] “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” [21] Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” [22] At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

I was thinking about this passage today and it struck me that Jesus loved this man, yet He did not run after him. As a matter of fact He never ran after anyone begging them to believe in Him.
We need to live more in the Spirit so we too can know when to walk away when people are not willing to listen.
I have spent a lot of time trying to help people who did not really want help. They just wanted to love the world and its pleasures. I kept trying to drag them to God and they would come to church for a while and then disappear until I pick them up again from the gutter and then they would walk a bit only to disappear again.
Some people are not prepared to pay the price. In the case of this rich man it was his money he did not want to give up. In others it will be something different. We need to acknowledge this fact and even though we love them, like Jesus loved that rich man, we need to let them go and find those who do want to listen. We deliver them in the hands of God and move on because there are so many others who do want to listen.

See also Luke 14:16-24.

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