As Jesus was starting on his way again, a man ran up to him (155). He knelt before Jesus, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to receive life that will continue forever in heaven?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No man is truly good. Only God is truly good.”
Then Jesus continued, “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not accuse anyone falsely. Do not cheat. Respect your father and your mother. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'”
“Teacher,” the man interrupted, “all my life, I have obeyed all these commandments.”
Looking directly into his eyes with love, Jesus replied, “You need only one more thing. Sell everything you have & give the money to the poor; for this, you will receive an abundance of riches in heaven.
“And when you are no longer dependent on, enslaved by, or addicted to your worldly wealth, then you may come & follow me.”
When the man heard this, he went away very sad, because he was very rich & he was unwilling to part with his worldly wealth.
Jesus looked around at his students and said to them, “It’s really hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of God.”
His students were shocked, especially when Jesus repeated, “It’s really hard to enter the kingdom of God! It’s actually harder for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God, than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle!”
(155) Matthew 19:16-24, Mark 10:17-23, Luke 18:18-25