Sunday’s lesson was about the rich, young ruler from Luke 18:18-30.
“And a ruler asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must 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 I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him,“One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth 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 person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” And Peter said, “See, ewe have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
The young ruler wanted to know what he personally could do to have eternal life. He wasn’t wanting to test Jesus’ knowledge, he just wanted to know how to enter heaven for himself. Though, like most american’s now, he was obsessed with keeping his stuff. He was more worried about that than with obeying the first few commandments. If you think about it…We are all the rich, young ruler.
Too much stuff becomes poison to your soul. There isn’t a trailer hitch on a hearse. You can’t anything from this world whenever you die. I’m not saying that you should give everything away and live in a tent for the rest of your life. You just shouldn’t let worldly possessions have hold over your life.
What in your life is competing for your affections for God’s love?