What is holding us back?
We recently heard the Gospel lesson in which the Lord was asked a question that should be on the very top of our mind.
“16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
… if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matt 19:16-17
Very often the Lord would answer inquiries through the words of sacred scripture. In the Gospel lesson, the Lord calls
the inquirer to remember the Laws of Moses and what was given to the Israelite people. We are familiar with these Commandments
as is the inquirer in this Gospel passage. In fact even today there be many who are familiar with the Commandments. Many believe this is
all they need to be saved. But the Lord proves that more is needed, much more.
Consider this, after the Lord enumerated from the great Commandments, the inquirer answered in this manner, “The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Indeed, it sounds like this young man was a good man, following the Laws of Moses but there was still one thing lacking. Our Lord, the Knower of hearts, understood that there was still
something holding back this young man from the path of salvation. This man treasured the wealth of Earthly things to that which is eternal. This is quite evident when we hear that young man departed from the Lord
with great sorrow, for he was rich.
Like the entirety of the sacred Gospels, these words are timeless and speak to each and every one of us. Christians, find a moment of quiet this evening and ask yourself, be honest, what is it that binds you from eternal life?
What is holding you back?
Imagine for a moment the despair of this situation! The Lord instructs His Disciples that it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Who then can be saved? So that we do not fall into despair, as did the Disciples, our Lord reassured them and us that
though the situation looks quite dire, do not lose hope for “with God all things are possible.” What is required is for us to make the first move by casting aside those things that are holding us back – the Lord will do the rest.