How dangerous is money? Or possessions? Or success? The most dangerous things in our houses may not be weapons, but simple items that mean so much to us.
The Rich Young Man calls Jesus good – but Jesus reminds Him that only God is good. Jesus is God, but the man does not realize that. The young man has a great question – what to do to inherit eternal life? Jesus points Him to the 10 commandments, a summary of God’s will and way. Yet Jesus does not quote all of the commandments – He leaves out not working on the sabbath, not coveting, and the commandments about no idols and worshiping God alone. Instead, the Lord gives a stronger, but basic command – sell everything, give to the poor, and follow Me.
The man went away sad – he walked away from Jesus, the Author of Life. He walked away from God.
Possessions can so easily possess us. We never say we are wealthy because there is always someone who has more. We don’t see wealth as hurtful – we call it success. We don’t say greed is a sickness – because we need it for our economy. I am infected with this sickness too.
We have to keep our eyes on Jesus, and remember the least of these in the world, and remember our calling to tell the world and bless the world with Him. If I have more than I need, it was only given to me to help those who have less than they need.