Summary: A rich young ruler came to Jesus asking him what “GOOD THING” he could do to inherit eternal life, and the truth is that there is no “good thing” that one can do to inherit eternal life!



I would like to talk to you from the subject this morning – Come As You Are, But Don’t Leave As You Came. Elect Lady and I were travelling in the car to Georgia and discussing the Church and what we all need to do to grow the Church to the next level. During the conversation she made the comment - Come As You Are, But Don’t Leave As You Came. The thought began to resound and resonate in my spirit. At that very moment, I knew it was a thought that must be examined from the pulpit.

I know this is a very familiar text, yet there are some treasures and truths this morning that should help and encourage us in our journey. A rich young ruler came to Jesus asking him what “GOOD THING” he could do to inherit eternal life, and the truth is that there is no “good thing” that one can do to inherit eternal life!

• He was a wealthy man, and a young man

• His eyes were set on religious matters

• His eyes were set on teachers, eternal life, good deeds

• He had the look of a seeker

• He seemed willing to listen and eager to learn

• He seemed a disciple-in-the-making

• He seemed a prime candidate to be a disciple in training

• His certificate was almost signed

• But his story has a dark end

It must have been quite a scene that day. Jesus was headed to Jerusalem to complete His assignment, when, suddenly, this young man came running toward Jesus and knelt before Him. As Jesus looked at this young man, he saw in him such Promise and such Potential. That’s why I love the Lord; he sees things in us that no one else sees.

• He sees beyond our faults

• He sees beyond our hang-ups

• He sees beyond our flaws

• He sees beyond our mask

• He sees beyond our idiosyncrasies

• He sees beyond our attitudes

--The Songwriter and Singer Marvin Sapp said it best –




We have to stop sizing people up around us. We want to qualify those we encounter as to if they are worthy enough for us to Witness or Evangelize. We must allow the Holy Spirit to show us their Potential, what and who they can become in Christ. This Rich, Young, Ruler comes running up to Jesus, Probably expecting a pat on the back. Look at the text again - Jesus beheld him, He loved him.

• Matthew, Mark and Luke all say that he went away sorrowful

• Matthew tells us he was a young man

• Luke tells us he was a ruler; in the high religious class

• Mark tells us he was rich

• That's why we call him “The Rich Young Ruler”

• Mark also tells us that as Jesus beheld him

• He loved him

You simply need to COME AS YOU ARE. IT IS NOT HOW YOU ENTER BUT HOW YOU LEAVE. You would think at first glance this young man had everything. Maybe even reading this account this morning some are even jealous at all he was able to do and accumulate in his young life. I believe somewhere along his journey he encountered Jesus and heard the Rabbi teach on Eternal Life. This grew his curiosity, so he is excited to once again see Jesus in his view and hastily runs to Jesus.

Can I FOOTNOTE here for a moment? No matter where we are in our journey, there will come a point in our life where we must come Running to Jesus. If you have not yet experienced that moment in your life, keep on living. There will come a time:

• You Can’t Wait Another Hour

• You Can’t Wait Another Minute

• You Can’t Wait Another Second

• You Will Come Running to Jesus

Although this young man may have appeared to have much; although he may have appeared to have himself all together. Jesus recognized there was something missing.

• He had much – Yet he lacked everything

• His life was full – Yet he was so empty

• He had financial security – Yet, he was spiritually bankrupt

WHAT MUST I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE? Jesus has a way of dealing with us in an effort to help us focus on what is really important. You would think at first glance THIS IS REALLY A GOOD QUESTION. But, in reality, He could do nothing to “INHERIT” eternal life, but he could get himself in “POSITION” to receive the inheritance.

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Jeffery Naisogoniceva

commented on Apr 1, 2014

What a wonderful message. God Bless you.

Wayne Lawson

commented on Oct 14, 2014

Blessings on you Brother Jeffery

Jeff Strite

commented on Oct 8, 2014

Very good. I saved at least one of your statements to my files.

Wayne Lawson

commented on Oct 14, 2014

Blessings Brother Jeff.

Wayne Lawson

commented on Jan 7, 2015

Blessings on you Bro. Strite

Kenny Smith

commented on Oct 12, 2018

Pastor Lawson Thank you so much for your commitment to sharring Gods word. I am a bi vocational Pastor of a very small congregation in Moro Tx (That is southwest of Abilene ) . I have no theology degree just being led by the Holy spirit and scripture. The Lord has led me to serveral of your sermons and they have given me great inspiration. They have really spoken to my heart and you know how when you preach something close to your heart the spirit really starts moving. i want you to know i am praying for your church and your family and may God continue to bless the words that come from your heart. I pray that in some small way this note will continue to encourage you. Your Brother In christ Kenny Smith

Hal Tevebaugh

commented on Oct 18, 2018

Wow Pastor Lawson what a great and powerful message!!!!! I was hanging on every WORD!

Dennis Bean

commented on Mar 9, 2019

Awesome message Pastor Lawson. Several insights you offered I hadn’t considered and challenged me personally. Thank you for sharing.

Wayne Lawson

commented on Mar 12, 2019

Brother Dennis, thank your for the response as it is always my prayer that each message will be a blessing to the Kingdom. Every Blessing on You, Brother Wayne

Bob Marsh

commented on Oct 14, 2021

Outstanding Pastor Lawson! To God be the glory!

Larry Fugett

commented on Jul 31, 2022

very good thoughts and great preaching.God bless

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