Mk 10:22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. The rich young man’s wealth stood between him and what he really needed to believe in. Jesus confronted him with the purest and most stark choice and he chose to believe in his earthly wealth instead of Jesus. After seeing this example and seeing what kind of true wealth is available with genuine faith, would you make the same choice as the young man?
Pr 11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. This scripture stands in stark contrast with Pr 10:15, proving it must mean something other than what it seems to say on the surface. Pr 11:28 explains earthly riches are temporary but Godly riches (in the form of righteousness) are eternal.
Rev 3:17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. The rich man, like most people, trusts what he knows. He knows what money can do. Giving up what you know, particularly when you know that thing (wealth) brings you a sense of physical security and comfort, is extremely difficult for most people.
This post is an excerpt (Question 10.6) from my book Ask James one.