Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: – Luke 18:22

As 2013 was coming to a close and looking forward to 2014, this song kept coming to mind:

Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

Pondering over this song led me to a passage of scripture in Luke chapter 18, where a young man comes to Jesus desiring to have eternal life. Mark says that he came running and kneeled, desiring to be taught by the master. This young man desired the answer to the most important question anyone could ever ask, What must
I do to have eternal life?

I see Jesus sharing with him the demands of God, “Keep the commandments” and with excitement the young man responds: “All these have I kept from my youth up”. It is then that Jesus looks upon him and declares, “Yet lackest thou one thing:”…forsake all and follow me. It is then that the young man departs sorrowful, instead of heeding and following after Christ as instructed, his love of his possessions come between him and eternal life.

I can’t help but wonder, how many have lived, are living a good life, trying to keep the commandments and yet lacking one thing. May our prayer and determination be this year, to let nothing, come between us and our Savior.