|Christ and The Rich Young Ruler - Hoffman|
What if Jesus told me, "Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."? What would I do?
It's such a confronting statement, isn't it? What is it about how Jesus answers the question that is so confronting?
Here I am typing on a keyboard, on my computer, having the time afforded me by being able to take care of my family during a mere 40-48 hours a week. I have the opportunity to use the remaining 104 hours in the waking week to do whatever I choose. Oh sure, I have other responsibilities to family, house, church and friends, but I can write this blogging project because I don't have to work nearly as hard for what I need as the majority of the world does. My time outside the office is my own to do as I choose.
And, that's why when me and most of the brothers and sisters I know read this passage, it creates a defensive response. "Is this what Jesus is asking of me?" "Do I really have to do that much to follow Jesus?" Our reaction is the same as those who heard this in person, "Who then can be saved?"