This week in Bible study we were talking about the passage in Luke 18:18 regarding the rich man who asked Jesus, "What must I do to get into heaven?"
As we went over the scripture, I noticed that when Jesus answered the man, he told him that he needed to obey the commandments, don't steal, don't commit adultery, don't murder, don't lie, and honor your father and mother.
After he said that, the man said, I've been doing these things since I was a child.
Then Jesus says, there is still one thing you aren't doing, sell all that you have and give it to the poor. Then, come and follow me.
With that, the man went away, very sad.
That's what gets me, the man was very sad, maybe he was sad because he thought he was doing good, maybe he really was a good man, but unfortunately, he must have thought a lot of his things also.
With this story we don't hear the ending, we don't know if the man did go and sell his things and follow Jesus. One of the things that leads me to believe that the rich man was a good man is because when he walked away sad, the other people in the crowd said, if it is that hard, how can anyone get into heaven?
That kind of lead me to believe maybe he was one of those people who are just good people, and maybe he felt he didn't really need to do anything special, because in his eyes he was good enough. If we could just be good, then why would we need grace?
Know anyone like that? This week I watched The Case for Christ, and I was amazed at the introduction with so many people who didn't really think they needed God. I have to say I was a little blown away. But it is a good movie for someone who may feel like they need some kind of evidence regarding the bible. Personally, I just believe it.
So anyway, maybe the man did sell his possessions, maybe he came to realize that even with all his wealth and his possessions something was missing. A peace and joy that can't come from things of this world. They come from knowing the Lord.