A young man who did good all his life and kept the commandments came to Jesus and asked Him what good thing he had to do to gain eternal life.
Jesus said, "Keep the commandments."
"Which ones?" asked the young man.
"Do not murder;
do not commit adultery;
do not steal;
do not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and love your neighbor as yourself," Jesus said.
"I have kept all these," the young man responded.
"If you want to be perfect," Jesus said, "go, sell all your possessions and give to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me," said Jesus.
The young man walked away sad because he had lots of money and stuff (Matthew 19:16-22).
Think About It
The rich young man was good and had a sincere heart, but he knew something was still missing. That's why he came to Jesus. He had depended on his wealth but it deceived him and left him hungering for more. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."
It is not a sin to be rich, but if we have wealth, God wants us to share generously and to trust Him and not our money. If we put our hope in money, we will be like the young man who came to Jesus, empty in our hearts and looking for satisfaction in things and not God.
Pray About It
Lord Jesus, it is so easy for us to trust in things we can see and touch. Help us to find hope in You alone. Keep us from letting money or things rob us of the joy of knowing You and being with You forever. Amen.