I know that I have pondered on this page about the rich young ruler before, but I am once again drawn to something he said. I love when a Scripture jumps out from a different angle, as if I had never read it.
There was a rich young man who approached the Lord with a question of what good thing he must do to get eternal life. Surely there was something grand he could accomplish that would win the prize of life everlasting. After Jesus gave a small but powerful lesson on who alone is "good", He proceeded to mention to the young man to keep the commandments.
After the young man asked Him to basically hone in on the most important ones and noted that he had kept all of those since his youth, he said something that begs me to dig deeper into his motives...
"What do I still lack?"
I have noticed and focused before on Jesus' comment in another gospel's telling of this story, how He noticed and called the young man's lack out into the open. However, I have never paid as much attention to the fact that the young man noticed his own lack. He had done all that he was "supposed to do" as far as commandments went, but he KNEW something was missing.
Perhaps he was looking for a pat on the back from Jesus. Maybe he wanted a verbal justification that he was "good" himself, that he had no need of further accomplishment. Those kinds of validations would certainly appease the feeling that there was something still lacking in his heart. Right?
When you dare to come near to the Lord, you will inevitably recognize that you are lacking. I have never read where the Lord spoke to someone that he/she had arrived, that they had no need of growing and maturing any further. They should just chill out and enjoy the rest of the ride. The Word says that "He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy." It's a continual process of being made, not a one-time grand accomplishment that gets you a ticket to bypass any further growing pains.
So I ask you today, are you willing to listen to what you still lack? Are you willing to allow the Lord to shine the light on your heart, your life, and let you know what you need to work on next? He doesn't do it in a condemning way, so I challenge you to hop up on the Potter's wheel and allow Him to keep working.
Father, I know that I am still in need of You working in me daily. Please don't let me deceive myself into thinking that I have it all figured out and am not in need of growing. Keep making me holy, I pray. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Matthew 19:16-22, Hebrews 10:14, James 1:4