May 8. Jesus Teaches on Responsibilities of Riches

Mt. 19:16-30; Mk. 10:17-31; Lk. 18:18-30

As Christ was traveling on the road toward Jerusalem, a rich young ruler approached Him and asked, “What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

Even though the young man had been faithful in keeping the Ten Commandments from his youth, Jesus pointed out that he was trusting in his wealth too much. He taught that possessions, family, friends or any other obstacle that comes between us and faithful service to Him must be removed.

Upon hearing those words, the young ruler went away sorrowful because he was very rich. Jesus did not condemn riches, but the trust in riches is to be avoided.