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The Rich Old Ruler

This week I spoke in chapel at Anderson University and did a first-person narrative sermon based on the biblical story of the rich young ruler. In this message, he is reflecting back on his encounter with Jesus. Here is the text:

The Rich Old Ruler

Rachel, please send a message to the governor that I greatly appreciate his invitation to dinner next week, but I will be on a business trip to Antioch those days. Oh, and let the Temple foundation know that I won’t be able to attend their fund raiser next Tuesday. Maybe next time.

One thing you discover when you have money is that everyone is your friend. Every club wants you as a member, every cause wants you on the board, everybody loves you and wants you to be involved. Even at a young age I was considered an elder of the synagogue in my town. It’s OK, I understand – they all need people with resources. I just happen to be one of those folks here in Judea that has more resources than most.

I guess I never knew anything different. You see, I made my money the old-fashioned way: I inherited it! But I managed to take the money my father left me and build it into an even bigger fortune. I guess you could say I have a way with making money. I’m pretty good at coming up with products people want to buy. For example – you’ll love this one – I noticed how inconvenient it was when people had to carry around books and long documents on those large, heavy scrolls, so I came up with a miniature version – I call it the iScroll. People lined up to buy these things – can you believe it?

So here I am with a great business and lots of wealth and days full of decisions. What will I do next? Who should I take on as a partner? Where should I invest my resources? Decisions all day, every day. Well, you know what I mean, I’m sure. Some of my decisions have been very good, and some… Well, I’ve made a few bad decisions in my life as well.

But the worst one… Oh, my, that was the worst decision I ever made. Let me tell you about it.

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