Many people I know wonder about faith. They wonder about God too. They feel that they have no need for either because they are good people. They are law abiding citizens who look after their friends and families. They are polite to their neighbours and recycle their rubbish and give to charity…etc.
But they still wonder about God. Just like the rich man in the passage below, many good people are wondering if there is more they can do, if there is more to it than just being a good person.
Matthew 19:16-26 NLT
Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honour your father and mother. Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ” “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
Jesus says there is something more you can do. You can give up all the stuff in your life that prevents you from seeing “the only One who is good”. But he also knows how hard it is to do.
These days, even the poorest among us is richer than many of those who Jesus was teaching. What are the reasons people can’t see God? What ever it is – pride, education and reason, peer pressure from family, friends or society, – modern life with all its innovation and comfort often seems a bit pointless without God. My goal is to let go of enough stuff that gets in the way, so that I can always see God.
Exodus 8:1-9:35, Matthew 19:13-30, Psalms 24:1-10, Proverbs 6:1-5