“What Shall I Do…?”
“What Shall I Do…?”
Jesus continued traveling.
He took the Kingdom everywhere…everywhere Father directed.
Watch what happens next…
As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall 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 MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’”
And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.”
Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving,
for he was one who owned much property.
The man truly wanted to procure eternal life.
He was motivated.
How do I know?
He came to Jesus with a sense of urgency - he ran to Him.
He knelt before the Lord - in honor, in humility.
He asked of the Lord - what to do?
He questioned the man as to why he called Jesus good.
Jesus says no one is good except God.
If the man called Jesus good…
If the man knew that Jesus was good…
Then the man was declaring that Jesus was God.
The man knew.
Jesus was confirming.
He acknowledged that the man knew the Law.
Jesus quoted some elements of the Law.
The man declared that he had kept the Law from his youth.
Not bragging, just fact.
It appeared to be true.
He had done none of those things.
Then, Jesus revealed the real issue.
Jesus’ heart was moved by love and compassion for the man.
Jesus knew he was sincere.
Jesus declared that he lacked one thing.
Jesus told him to go and sell all his possessions and give to the poor.
He would attain treasure in heaven.
Then, come, follow Me…
What did the man do?
He went away grieving.
He was saddened.
Because he owned much property.
Jesus revealed the covetousness and greed in the man’s heart.
The man knew something was missing.
He had kept a major portion of the Law, yet he knew that he did not have eternity secured.
At that moment he refused to give up the temporal for the eternal.
Perhaps he did later.
We do not know.
Where do you stand?