The young man that approached Jesus seemed to have the same attitude. He followed the rules, but wanted more, to be complete, and to have Jesus help him. In the end, he didn't want to put in the effort that Jesus required. In our relationship with God, we can sometimes be like this young man or like my middle schoolers. We may ask and want, without making or renewing our commitments to God. We need to remember that we are not entitled to God's love, but God freely offers His grace, mercy, love, and blessings as long as we are willing to make the necessary self-sacrifices and follow His guidance!
Even though you are not entitled, God is willing to give you His love and redemption!
Thank You for loving me and redeeming me from my sin. Help me to continually commit my life and my actions to You in all that I say and do. Through Jesus the Redeemer I pray, amen.