Matthew 19:20-22 (HCSB)

I have kept all these,” the young man told Him. “What do I still lack?”
 “If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
 When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

     In many ways this was a most admirable man.  Even though he is probably very well educated, he comes to Jesus—an untaught carpenter—recognizing that there is something different about Jesus.  This took humility on his part.
     The man understood that there was something lacking in his life.  He wanted to leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of eternal life.  He was persistent and open to any suggestion as to how he could get eternal life—or almost any suggestion.
     Unfortunately, one thing stood in the way of his coming to faith in Christ; his possessions.  This Jesus knew.  It was an act of utmost kindness and mercy for Jesus to tell the man that he needed to get rid of his possessions, the man could not do so.  He went away without faith or hope.  His wealth was his hope.
     What is your hope, dear reader?
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