“Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mark 10:21).”

Have you ever felt bad or the Rich Young Ruler? Part of me feels like Jesus was asking too much. Are you sure you want to ask for everything? Why don’t you start with the tithe? But Jesus goes for the jugular. He asks the Rich Young Ruler to ante up everything. Why? Because he loved the Rich Young Ruler too much to ask for anything less! We focus on what Jesus asked him to give up but fail to consider what He offered up in exchange. Jesus invited the Rich Young Ruler to follow Him. And that’s the point in the story where we should gasp. Tens of thousands of twentysomethings lock to the nation’s capital every summer because the right internship with the right person can open the right door. It’s about building your resume. No one in the history of humankind has ever been offered a better internship opportunity than the Rich Young Ruler. An internship with the Creator of the heavens and the earth? That has to look good on a job application. What a reference! And the Rich Young Ruler said no. So, if you feel bad for the Rich Young Ruler, it shouldn’t be for what Jesus asked him to give up. It should be because of the opportunity he passed up. What Jesus asked him to give up was nothing compared to what Jesus would have given him in return. The Rich Young Ruler had everything money could buy, but it was all worthless compared to the priceless experiences he could have had following Jesus. In a day and age when the average person never traveled outside a thirty-mile radius Jesus sent His disciples to the ends of the earth. These uneducated fishermen, who would have lived their entire lives within a stone’s throw of the Sea of Galilee, traveled all over the ancient world and turned it upside down. Think about their experiences during their three-year internship with Jesus. The disciples were poor in terms of material possessions, but they accumulated a wealth of experience in human history. The Rich Young Ruler forfeited a wealth of experience because he couldn’t let go of his possessions. Don’t accumulate possessions. Accumulate experiences!

Adapted from “All In” by Mark Batterson