We have already seen how Christ did not follow the beaten track of modern evangelistic techniques in dealing with this promising young man. Though He genuinely â€śloved himâ€ť (v. 21), He did not alter the terms of salvation for him. We are not omniscient â€“ like Jesus â€“ Who could see into this man's heart, but we have the same Holy Spirit Who â€śconvinces men of sin.â€ť And how does He bring about this conviction? By using God's Law â€“ the Ten Commandments.
Whether the issue is bulging pockets or bloated pride, a man must be brought to the end of himself before he can place his complete trust in Jesus as Savior. Let us go back to the Master and â€ślearn of himâ€ť how to deal with self-righteous souls
This story has a sad ending. The rich young ruler came to Jesus for eternal life, but he left without it. Did he ever get saved? The Bible doesn't say, but it does leave a glimmer of hope. Although he â€śwent away grieved,â€ť he went away sobered. Jesus had given him plenty to think about. â€śWith God all things are possible.â€ť
In our witnessing we too must grapple with the awful fact of sin and use God's law lawfully, depending on the Holy Spirit to produce conviction. â€śThe law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soulâ€ť (Ps. 19:7).
Bob Vradenburgh is the senior pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has spent 40 years in full-time Christian service: the first 20 years as a missionary and the past 20 years in the pastorate. Bobâ€™s passion is the expository preaching of Godâ€™s Word,...