The rich young ruler met Jesus with confidence. He did it all. Or that’s what he proudly thought. The gospel flows through a heart that is open, surrendered, and grateful. The gospel doesn’t even touch the proud, controlled, and entitled. Appearances will deceive. Jesus asked, not because he needed that man’s money, and not to make him prove his salvation. Jesus invited the rich young ruler on an adventure of faith, which works through love. Paul’s appeal is the same. Join the adventure.

“This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. You do so well in so many things—you trust God, you’re articulate, you’re insightful, you’re passionate, you love us—now, do your best in this, too.”

2 Corinthians 8:5-7 MSG