“As Jesus started out on his way, a man ran up to him…” (Mark 10:17a)
The Rich Young Man ran after Jesus as He was leaving. He arrived late perhaps because he first wanted to finish his business. Isn’t this ‘first’ often the reason that we miss out on so much that is good, blessed, that Jesus is offering us? Because he was late he did not hear what he really needed as Jesus’ finished his teaching:
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15)
That was exactly the young man’s question:
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17b)
Jesus explained it earlier that eternal life is a gift, it can not be earned, or bought, one can only receive it with faith. The young man just had to hold out his hands and accept Jesus’ gift. But one cannot do this in a hurry, squeezed in by-the-way among their busy schedule, high level business engagements, or after all else is done. Eternal life is either important to you, and then you make it a priority, or you will hear about it from others because you are late.
Our life is getting busier and busier, even in this coronavirus lockdown. More and more duties are burdening us, the demands on our time and attention are growing, and we are unable to fulfil many important things. The urgencies often squeeze out what is important! Make sure you will not be late like the virgins who arrived late to the wedding banquet in Jesus’ parable, and the door was shut in front of them (Matthew 25:10-12)!
Slow down, quieten your heart beat, reconsider what is important in your life, and restructure your priorities, care for your soul and spirit too! Spend time with the Lord, and others, while you still got time! Don’t be late!