Reflecting on God’s Word …

Luke 18:18-23 NLT
[18] Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” [19] “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. [20] But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.'” [21] The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” [22] When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” [23] But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

Reflection

What stands out in this story is the man’s inability to let go of everything to follow Jesus. At first it’s as though he wants to justify himself, at least that’s often what happens with those leaders coming to Jesus asking questions.

Jesus points right to the problem, letting go of his riches, his treasure!

What is your treasure and are you willing to give it up to follow Jesus?