Selling, giving, and following

All of it? Sell everything he had worked for all his life? Give to the poor? Follow Jesus?

The man must have thought the demand on him would be easier. After all, he was a good man; he had followed the rules. But now Christ Jesus had told him, "There is none good but one, that is, God." And the Master said that to be perfect and have eternal life, he should not only obey the Commandments but sell what he had, "and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me" (Matt. 19:17, 21). The account of this conversation in the Gospel of Matthew says that the man had great possessions. As he went away sadly, perhaps he was thinking what many of us may have thought: "I can't just give away all that I've worked so hard for. I have to think of my family and my security in my old age."

The little dancer
October 10, 1994

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