The Choice

Matthew 19:16-22

16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19 Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” NRSV

Another example of a vertical relationship with God without the horizontal relationship with world. I do not know why this is so hard a lesson to learn, if there is no caring for each other, there can be no relationship with God.

To be clear, Jesus’ point, here, is not that the man needed to become poor. It was that he needed to become aware that his wealth was both his obstacle and pathway to God. Jesus told him had to choose which it would be.

So do we.

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