A particular young ruler has everything, he’s wealthy, but it’s not enough. Something is lacking. He is searching for life, a more complete life, the meaningful life. While he keeps the commandments, there’s an emptiness. He trusts in what he does, what he can do, in short, in himself; but it’s not enough. He yearns for more. He has become aware of Jesus.
Perhaps this teacher has an insight, something that will help him find his way. Jesus understands what is going on. The ruler trusts in himself, his abilities, and what he has accumulated. He hasn’t placed his trust in God. He trusts what he can do; i.e. obey commandments.
Jesus realizes there is one thing lacking. He asks the ruler to completely trust God. “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
The conversation ends in sadness. The ruler can’t do that.
And what about us? What are we holding onto? What do we not want to let go of in order to completely trust God? What would Jesus say to us that we may have life and trust in him? The disciples ask, as we might ask, “Who then can be saved?”
It’s so good to hear Jesus reply, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” God is gracious we can put our trust in him for life.