Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”  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.”  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; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” 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.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions. (Matthew 19:16-22, NRSV)

This is a great interchange between Jesus and what could be any of us…

The person asks, “What good deed must I do to have eternal life?”

What do I have to do to get the gift, we all want to know, right!

And Jesus replies, “Don’t ask me about what is good, only God is good, keep the commandments.”

And here is where the conversation gets good.

The person replies, “which ones?” I need to know what I have to do and what I don’t have to do.

Which part of the Bible do I need to follow and what is up for interpretation!

Then when Jesus tells him the commandments to keep, the person replies, “I’ve kept all of those!”

Really?

You’ve never thought bad thoughts about any one…

You’ve never looked on another person lustfully…

You’ve never thought about or taken anything from someone else…

You’ve never said something about someone else that wasn’t the full truth…

You’ve always honored your mother and father and never said anything cross about them…

And you’ve loved everyone as you love yourself…

Well then ok, then you only lack this one thing.

Why is it so hard to love like Jesus? Because He loved (loves) everyone where they are and doesn’t need them to be perfect before He will love them.

Stop worrying about how to make Jesus happy and start looking at the needs of others, then Jesus will be happy!

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