16 有一個人來見耶穌，說：「夫子（有古卷：良善的夫子），我該做甚麼善事才能得永生？」17 耶穌對他說：「你為甚麼以善事問我呢？只有一位是善的（有古卷：你為甚麼稱我是良善的？除了 神以外，沒有一個良善的）。你若要進入永生，就當遵守誡命。」18 他說：「甚麼誡命？」耶穌說：「就是不可殺人；不可姦淫；不可偷盜；不可作假見證；19 當孝敬父母；又當愛人如己。」20 那少年人說：「這一切我都遵守了，還缺少甚麼呢？」21 耶穌說：「你若願意作完全人，可去變賣你所有的，分給窮人，就必有財寶在天上；你還要來跟從我。」22 那少年人聽見這話，就憂憂愁愁地走了，因為他的產業很多。
If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here. Then focus on the following section:
16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” 18“Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, ” ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'” 20“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
- Jesus very bluntly pointed to the young man his misunderstanding of the eternal life. What is it? Do I share similar misunderstanding?
- In this passage, Jesus once again turned upside down the traditional view of wealth being a sign of blessing. Wealth, in fact, can be a hindrance to proper discipleship as in this case.
- Do I love God above all else? Is there anything hindering me to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little while longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
A rich young man asked Jesus how he could get eternal life. Jesus’ answer was unique to this situation – sell his possessions and give to the poor. How does this compare with what he told Nicodemus (John 3)? How much wealth must we have, to love riches so much that they keep us from eternal life? Read Prov 11:28; 1 Tim 6:10.