Followers of Christ are familiar with the term “sold out for Jesus.” It means we’re completely surrendered to Him. Our money, time, dreams, relationships, possessions—everything about us belongs to Him and is readily available for His purposes.
Yup, we’re familiar with the term, but quite honestly, living up to its meaning presents a challenge. Why? Because we’re by nature a fearful bunch. It started back in the Garden of Eden when the serpent planted seeds of doubt in Eve’s mind about God’s goodness.
Mark 10:17-25 tells the story of the rich young ruler who asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to go and sell his possessions, give the money to the poor, and then follow Him.
The young man’s face fell, and he walked away from Christ. He wanted assurance of eternal life, but Jesus wanted more from him—He wanted the man’s total commitment. He wanted him to be “sold out.”
Our pastor preached on this passage yesterday. He pointed out something that I’d not noticed before. He directed the congregation to verse 21 where it says, “Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he looked at him. “You lack only one thing,” he told him. “Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” What’s the significance of this?
Jesus’ genuine love for the man motivated Him to require total surrender. He knew being “sold out” for Him would be in his best interest. He knew total commitment would bring joy and peace and abundant life. He knew unconditional devotion would result in obedience and the blessings it brings.
Too bad the rich young ruler didn’t see things the same way.
Too bad we don’t see things the same way, either. Rather than walking in complete surrender to Jesus Christ, we often withhold things we hold near and dear. We’re afraid God will demand too much, and we’re afraid of the cost. Why is that?
Because we don’t understand God’s goodness and His genuine love for us. We, like Eve, doubt His character. For some strange reason, we think we can provide for our needs better than He can, and we think we can muster enough wisdom and strength to do life well on our own. We’re content to settle for eternal life when Jesus wants to offer us much more.
The thought of being “sold out” for Jesus was too much for the rich young ruler to comprehend because he didn’t understand God’s limitless love for him. Let’s not repeat his mistake. Let’s choose to believe that God’s heart is filled with goodness toward us, and let’s give Him our everything in return.