March 26, 2012

Matthew 19:16-22

16 A man approached him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?”
 17 Jesus said, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There’s only one who is good. If you want to enter eternal life, keep the commandments.”
 18 The man said, “Which ones?”
   Then Jesus said, “Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. 19 Honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
 20 The young man replied, “I’ve kept all these. What am I still missing?”
 21 Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.”
 22 But when the young man heard this, he went away saddened, because he had many possessions. (CEB)

Discipleship would be so much easier if there was a detailed list we could check-off as we went through life.

Volunteer working with the homeless, √. 
Give some money to church, √. 
Read the Bible some, √.
Prayer some, √.
This is what the guy was asking Jesus about. What other good thing did he need to do in order to go to heaven?

We ask this same question in different ways and at different times, don't we? We get obsessed with being "good" and instead Jesus is looking for us to be obedient. Jesus is not looking for us to check one more "good" thing off the list, just like He told the man to sell everything he had (aka "give me yourself"), He wants all of our lives, in relationship and obedience. How are you trading being good for being obedient?

What do you find meaningful, confusing, or challenging in this passage?