The Step That Never Was

Matthew 19:16-22

Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 “And behold, there came a man up to Him, saying, Teacher, what excellent and perfectly and essentially good deed must I do to possess eternal life?

     17And He said to him, Why do you ask Me about the perfectly and essentially good? There is only One Who is good [perfectly and essentially]–God. If you would enter into the Life, you must continually keep the commandments.

     18He said to Him, What [a]sort of commandments? [Or, which ones?] And Jesus answered, You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,

     19Honor your father and your mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.

     20The young man said, I have observed all these from my youth; what still do I lack?

     21Jesus answered him, If you would be perfect [that is, [b]have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self-sacrificing character], go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; and come, [c]be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me].

     22But when the young man heard this, he went away sad (grieved and in much distress), for he had great possessions.”


Have you ever been asked to do something you couldn’t bring yourself to do? To release something that held you back from being the person you knew you could be?

Have you experienced difficulty grasping that one thing that could make all things well?

Such was the case with the rich, young ruler.

The rich, young ruler, like many of us, went seeking. He sought an answer. An answer that would lead him to enlightenment and eternal life.

He wanted to know what it would take to get him to the point of infinite existence in that which was perfect and complete.

The challenge for him was in accepting the answer that he was given.

When the young man was afforded with the information he sought, he heard it, but he walked away, choosing to disregard the very thing that he said he wanted. He deemed the information worthless when held in comparison to his possessions.

Though he was grieved and distressed by the response of Jesus, he, ultimately, chose not to take the very step that would lead him to the eternal life he desired.  In doing this, he revealed his true heart. He demonstrated where his faith rested.



1) Are you an honest seeker with a heart for truth (Truth) and a willingness to accept it (Him)?

2) Is your heart prepared to accept the LORD’s answer when it is given?

3) Are your willing to take a step of faith and sacrifice that which you have?

4) Are you at the point in your spiritual life where you can take the “hard step,” even if it means “losing” in order to gain?


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