A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”
The story of the rich young man teaches an invaluable lesson for those who live in this era so materialistic. First of all we see that this young man was very religious, hence the first wake-up call Jesus asked: No one is good but God alone. The rich young man said he had always kept the commandments. Probably he considered himself a good person, therefore, his question about what to do to gain eternal life could be encrypted in the hope that Jesus claimed him he was right.
His disappointment came when Jesus surprised him asking to leave all his wealth to follow. Today there are many people like the rich young man who hoard wealth or other material things and cling to them. Many people go to church, are said to have been born again and yet, if Jesus asked them to release what they have to follow Him, probably saddened like the young rich man prefer to continue clinging to their possessions than follow the Master.
How difficult it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! It’s hard because they replaced God himself by money and material things they own, it is difficult because their security rests on what they have, it is difficult because they have more faith in gold than God himself. When Jesus spoke of the difficulty of the rich to enter the kingdom of God, His listeners wondered who then can be saved? Jesus reminded them that with God nothing is impossible. God makes possible what is impossible for us, God created the heavens and the earth by the power of His Word, God parted the sea for the people of Israel crossed, God multiplied a few breads and several fishes so that it was possible feed thousands of people, God raised Jesus from the dead and raised to the sky Him to sit at His right hand. That is our God! He is Almighty, the Great I Am, Alpha and Omega, without beginning or end. All He asks us to leave to follow is not greater than the reward we get for leaving our earthly possessions. Jesus says that we will receive much more in this time and, after leaving this world, receive the greatest gift of all: eternal life. God bless you.