As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.'”
He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
This guy thinks he is going to get a ticket to heaven by being good enough – by keeping a set of religious rules. But Jesus rocks his world. Keeping those rules aren’t going to do it for him. But go sell everything you own and follow me.
The creator of the universe loves this guy (like he loves all of us) and he is standing in front of this guy (like he is standing in front of all of us) saying “follow me.” But the guy decides he loves his stuff too much to hang out with God.
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