The rich young man

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:21-22 ESV)

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:16-17 ESV)


I beg thee oh God, deny me not.
To do the thing the rich young man could not.

To deny the world and all it charm.
To see the truth; that it’ll bring me harm.

To deny the lust of the flesh in all it perversity
For the sexually immoral does not have eternity.

To deny the eyes from having it’s feast,
On useless possession both land and beasts.

To kill the pride that so easily ensnare,
To seek a name for myself, instead of yours to bear.

Riches are deceitful this I know,
Because you yourself have spoken so.

But oh my flesh, my flesh! It is so weak.
The stench of wickedness of my heart does reek.

And every single turn the world would say,
“Come, come to me and live today!”

To the sound of this siren, I feel the desire to go.
But give me the strength, O God, to just say ‘No’!

Your Word does say that you will give,
The grace I need and help me to live.

Therefore help me deny the riches and fame,
And pursue a life that will honor your name.


Soli Deo Gloria,

Andrew Sunarko


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