Luke 18. 18-23
A certain ruler 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 commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.' He replied, "I have kept all these since my youth." When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
Inheriting Eternal Life
ood living, observant of the law, well heeled, his eye on eternal life, he hungers to discover the nature of the yearning that stirs for fulfillment within. He senses something is still missing in his life. What is it? Mark says: “Jesus, looked on him, loved him…”
He tells him what is missing: “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." Stunned, by what is asked, he exits the Gospel and is never heard of again.
The incident is a dramatic teaching on the danger of riches, and the addictive power of material possessions. While Jesus directs his words to the rich ruler, the disciples are taken aback: “Then who can be saved?” Jesus replies: “What is impossible for men is possible for God.”Enthusiasm is not enough, unless it finds fulfillment in the doing of the word. The rich young man, apparently, succumbs to the addictive power of his possessions. The story ends on a stark note, he walks away.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries