Jesus loves and redeems us even though we don’t deserve it. We must choose to put Him first in our lives. When you were a child, which one of these did you most want to become: rich or famous? Why?
In Mark 10:17–22, we learn about Jesus’ interaction with a young, wealthy leader who asked Him how he could have eternal life. Jesus listed six of the Ten Commandments, which the young man stated he had kept. Jesus then pointed out that the young man lacked just one thing. It wasn’t that he needed to do another good deed to go to heaven, but that he had to put following Christ first—ahead of his wealth and possessions. He wanted Him, but his possessions were stopping him from fully following Jesus.
The bad news of the gospel is that being good isn’t enough to go to heaven. The good news is that Jesus loves us and redeems us even though we’re not good enough. The only requirement is to choose the one thing: to put Jesus first in our lives.