“Teacher, what good things must I do to get eternal life?” a young man asked Jesus. Jesus told him to keep the commandments. “Which ones?” the young man asked. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” “All these I have kept” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” “If you want to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
The young man went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus warns us that it is hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven. He said it was easier for a large, gawky camel to go through the eye of a sewing needle than for the rich to enter in.
We live in a country that has forsaken the one true and living God, and now worships at the altar of Mammon (the god of money and riches). This love and lust for money is the root cause of most of what is wrong in our country. It makes people lie, cheat, steal, rob, and even murder. It corrupts politicians and ruins governments. It is the cause of much personal dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Money can buy many things, but it cannot buy peace of mind, or eternal life. We find those things only in Jesus Christ.
Do we want to be the richest people in the cemetery and the poorest people in the eyes of God? Jesus asked, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). We know the answer to that question, don’t we?
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com