How many times have you said, or heard someone else say, “When I get to heaven I’m going to ask…” Most likely we all have at least had that thought. But will it make any difference? Last night we were at a small group bible study and were looking at Mark 10:17-22. This is the scripture where the rich young ruler came and asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life.
Here is the problem that is revealed in this story. This man had a personal audience with Jesus. He asked a question that was on his heart, an important question that Jesus answered. The problem was that the man didn’t like the answer and in fact rejected the answer outright, In verse 22 we read, “But his face became sad at the saying, and he went away sorrowing: for he was one who had much property.”
Now here is the thing about this, If we won’t listen to Jesus now, what makes us think it will make a difference if we get a chance to ask him something in the future?
All throughout the scripture we are told that God spoke in the past through prophets and then through Jesus and his disciples. God had the word written down for us so that we can read and understand it ourselves. The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:4, “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.” If we reject the word of God, The Bible, we have condemned ourselves by the choice we made. John wrote in 1 John 2:3-6, “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
So, if we can know God’s will right now and if we can choose to do his will or reject his will. It comes down to a responsibility that we bear personally. We have the ability to choose, we have the ability to know what God wants us to do without using the excuse of “someday when I get to heaven I’m going to ask…” What if you choose wrong the wrong direction or just put off making a decision at all? Would you be any different from the rich young ruler who rejected Christ’s instructions, “and went away sorrowing”, because he wasn’t willing to do what Jesus asked?
All of the important questions are answered in the bible, but the decision of whether or not to accept them is yours… how will you respond?