The devil is not persecuting Christianity nowadays – he is professing it.
DOING BUSINESS WITH CHRIST: THE YOUNG RULER
Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
This promising youth did no real business with Jesus, because he did not really mean business. For all his manners and morals and money, he would not pay the price of real discipleship. Some very nice people would like to have eternal life as a good investment, but Jesus is not handing out salvation in return for another “good thing” on our self-righteous record of commandments already kept. He wanted to blast this young ruler into a real venture of daring faith that would cut him loose from his security, but the prospective disciple would not move from his moorings. It turned out that, after all, he loved his money more than his soul.
It takes a radical break to turn a man from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure. Our Lord came immediately to the issue and would have this young man cut the knot instead of gradually untying it. He would have him bring the matter to a quick climax and be done with it.
For all his good points, this fine prospect missed his blessing while poorer specimens like Bartimaeus, Zacchaeus, the Samaritan woman, got theirs. Jesus loved him, but lost him because the questioner never meant business, though no man ever seemed to mean business more than he.