"........"Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?".................You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.' "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth." (Mark 10:17-23)
He wanted to be sure. He needed assurance. He did not want to leave anything to chance. He wanted to know the barriers that may possibly keep him out of the Kingdom of God. He came wondering what he could do, but left seeing what he was unwilling to do, the barrier he is not yet ready to remove. his barrier was his love for money and material possession directly contravening the 1st commandment.
What is that barrier that is keeping you from completely turning your life over to Christ? Think about it this weekend.