As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Reflect and Pray:
“I like Jesus but not the church” is a common statement we hear today. People seem to be drawn to Christ and his teachings. But many are not willing to make the changes to reflect the beliefs. Often, we are quick to look and judge the man going away “shocked and grieving, for he had many possessions.” As a result, we overlook an extremely important part of the passage.
“Jesus, looking at him, loved him…” As I have thought about this verse, I remember all the times I have come into Jesus’ presence with my short-comings, failings, faults and spiritual reluctance. Yet, in spite of all these, my understanding of scripture and God tells me that Jesus looks at even me – and loves me, regardless! What an empowerment to be able to surrender all to Christ!
Today, I invite you to, along with me, do an honest self-assessment of our lives and actions, then be willing to give it all to Christ so we can experience this eternal life, here and now.