“Then he said to Him, ‘Which ones?’” (Matthew 19:18).

As believers, saved by grace through faith, do not find off-putting Jesus’ instructions to the rich young ruler to keep the commandments (v.17) if he wishes to enter into life. While the law made us keenly aware of the need for a Savior, the heart of faith desires nonetheless to honor the teachings of God’s word. Of greater alarm is the question of the young man and his desire to settle for the least common denominator. It’s not unlike the student asking, “Is this going to be on the test?” To live under the banner of Christ’ Lordship is to set the bar to a place of greatest heights in all things, not some things.

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