“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give
to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and
come, follow Me.”—Matthew 19:21
The Lord’s desire for this young man was that he might prove not only the good and acceptable will of God, but also the perfect will of God. “If you want to be perfect.” What then had the young man to do?
William Cowper had to say from a heart experience:
The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.
What the Lord wanted from this young man was not his riches so much, but the unreserved surrender of his heart and body. Instead, he chose the fleeting treasures of time in place of the pleasures of eternity. He denied himself the possession of eternal life for the temporary enjoyment of earthly riches.
Continue to remind me, Lord,
to strive for Your perfect will in my life.