As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. You know the commandments: Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. Don’t cheat. Honor your father and mother.” “Teacher,” he responded, “I’ve kept all of these things since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him. He said, “You are lacking one thing. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” But the man was dismayed at this statement and went away saddened, because he had many possessions. (Mark 10:17-22, CEB)
A man asked Jesus what he must do to obtain eternal life…
Keep the commandments:
Don’t commit murder.
Don’t commit adultery.
Don’t give false testimony
Honor your father and mother
Don’t cheat? Where is that a commandment? Is Jesus changing the rules and lists in front of us?
But the man says I’ve done all these things. Yeah right. I honestly can’t say that I have done all of these things, especially with the expansion Jesus put on them. I mean I try to be who I say I am. But thinking bad thoughts about someone is murder according to Jesus and even though I can say I love everybody, there are some I have wished harm on, and have I always honored my mother and father, no, because I talked back and did things they didn’t want me to do. But this man claims he has always kept all of these.
So Jesus says fine, then sell everything you have and give the proceeds to the poor and come back and follow me. And he couldn’t because he had a lot of stuff.
So what is it Jesus would tell you to do if you could say you have kept all the commandments?
What is keeping you from really following after Jesus?
Loving People. Loving God.