4. The Rich And The Camel, Part 1

4. December 2014

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honour your father and mother.’”

“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Mark 10, 17 – 22 NIV)

What a strange story is this? Does Jesus really want us to donate all our wealth to the poor? That cannot be! What shall we then live on? We have to pay rent, and food, and clothes, not to forget about our journeys at vacation time.

The story continues. Let's for the moment leave the questions as they are. We will definitely get back to them.

But until tomorrow reflect upon the following: What is most important in your life? No matter how wealthy or poor you may be, where does money come on your list of important things?