Thankful for: A Relationship, Not just Rules, Part 2 (A Weekday Paragraph, 5 of 6)

A Weekday Paragraph is a short scripture and a short paragraph (or two or three . . .LOL) of how it applies to my life. This is written by a Christian who is growing in her relationship with Jesus, for other growing Christians. Please be encouraged, challenged or both . . . and feel free to comment or reply.

Luke 18: 18 – 23

A ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One–God. You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother.”

I have kept all these from my youth,” he said.

When Jesus heard this, He told him. “You still lack one thing: Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”

After he heard this, he became extremely sad, because he was very rich.

The rich young ruler had lived by good principles all his life. When he said he had not stolen or borne false witness, Jesus did not say he had. Yet, when he asked the young man to follow him, the young man became sad, because it would cost him all his riches. His riches were more important than a relationship which would allow him to inherit eternal life.

This passage acts as a vivid reminder that a good life does not guarantee eternal life: only a relationship with Jesus does. May we all walk closely with Jesus today, in whatever circumstances we are facing.

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by Permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible, Holman CSB and HCSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

copyright: K Carswell, 2020

Photo credit: M Carswell

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