Give Me Jesus

Joy Petroelje

Read: Mark 10:17-22

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (v. 22)

“You can’t take it with you.” This phrase has been said for generations, printed on signs, and used as the title of a feature film. While it is often said in jest or as a means of consolation when a treasured possession is lost or broken, how very true it is!

In Mark’s Gospel, the rich young ruler is in despair over Jesus’ instruction to go and sell all he has in preparation for true discipleship. He cannot part with his many possessions, cannot bear the thought of doing so, and therefore cannot fully follow. It is hard to imagine this man turning his back on Jesus in that moment. What’s even more difficult is knowing that he didn’t stay long enough to learn of the lasting wealth he had to gain. In Mark 10:29-30, Jesus tells his hearers that those who give up all they have for him will receive a “hundredfold” in the life to come.

This passage reminds me to hold loosely to the things of this world and long solely for Jesus over all else. I am both blessed and convicted by the chorus of Jeremy Camp’s “Give Me Jesus”:

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

—Joy Petroelje

Prayer: Loving God, help me to worship you only.