17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]”
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
There are many things we can take from this passage, but one thing hit me that hasn't before.
The question was "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
The answer is - we can never do enough. Never. We cannot do a thing to gain eternal life.
Jesus did it all. He lived a perfect life, He died in our place, He conquered death and sin by rising again.
We did nothing. We are spiritually dead in our sins. We cannot resurrect ourselves.
But thanks be to God, He can. And when He awakens our hearts, then we come to Him in repentance, we determine to be His followers, and we rely on His power to change us from that day until eternity.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 46-48, Mark 10: 23-52