The rich young ruler

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Luk 18:18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Luk 18:19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good-except God alone.

Why do you think the expression “Good” concerned Jesus?

Words are reflections of our thoughts and those thoughts defines what we believe to be true, especially about ourselves, the world around us including Faith, righteousness and our view of Jesus

What could possibly unsettle Jesus about the term good?
Just to remind you Jesus said “only God is Good

The meaning of the word might give us an idea . Translation: GOOD
agathos : excellent, distinguished
upright, honourable, useful.

I think this man was quite conceited. His self-perception didn’t reach nowhere near the idea of Godliness no matter how distinguished he thought or imagined himself to be.
Another word for GOOD refer’s to our usefulness, as God in creation said when he finished creating it was good meaning productive in terms of it’s usefulness

Going back to the rich young ruler, the conversation between him and jesus was a mind altering dialogue which became very sobering in the end.
I believe that anyone who meets this Jesus to braces his words wouldn’t be the same. How we often need a new encounter with jesus through his word

“Your thoughts are not my thoughts neither are you ways”

JESUS SAID

Luk 18:20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.

Luk 18:21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

Luk 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Luk 18:23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.


Luk 18:24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

Going back to the original question

“What must I do to inherit eternal life”

Jesus said “give your wealth to the poor and follow me”

So what do I learn from this?
Well, following Jesus is a heart issue.
Keeping the law doesn’t mean I know the law maker or understand his ways
Knowing this same Jesus when we invite him into our value system, he’ll rearrange the context of those things we place value on. Just like the rich young ruler

Don’t aim to keep the law, just follow the one who make it.

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