“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?
Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.”Matthew 19: 16-17, 20-22
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.
Love for material possession is one of the most effective ways to separate us from God. In Jesus times, it is referred to as mammon, and as we read in the above gospel, it hindered the man who was otherwise moral, in following Jesus. Why? Because of his love for mammon.
His material possession and his great wealth, has kept this man from following the Lord, it has become his idol which had enslaved his heart.
We all run the same risk when we allow our material wealth or money in particular, to blind our focus and attention to God. How? When we get preoccupied with money or material wealth, when we allow money to become our master, to become god. When our hunger for money becomes insatiable.
Sometimes, we do not know it, as outwardly, everything look normal, but inwardly, deep inside our hearts, love for money or for our material wealth, overtakes our love for God.
How do we resolve this? Remember Matthew 6:33? “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Always be reminded of this verse, and be it our discipline to seek the Lord first and be preoccupied with His righteousness, faithfulness and goodness.
Always remember that our enemy in the spiritual realm, lurks behind every form of money or material possession that we have. It will tempt us to get preoccupied with our material riches, for purposes of security, power, success, and the like. But security , power and successes are all temporary, they will all soon ruin and destroy us if we discard our relationship with God and embrace instead this material wealth.
I have heard of some people who at one point have these hunger for uncontrolled wealth because of the power and security that money gives, and they are now being tortured mentally, emotionally, and physically. We would not want that to happen to us.
In the light of God’s glory and the continued feeding of the Word of God, the the luster of money and material wealth in our hearts and eyes will loose. And, remember our antidote when it again attacks us or try to dominate us : “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God.”
God be with us all.