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A Call to Stand Apart, Page 26

Chapter 5—When Doing Everything Right Isn’t Enough

Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:16-22.

This young man had what many people of his age seem to want—position and wealth. One day, watching Jesus’ tender and affectionate interaction with children, he found growing in his heart the desire to be the Lord’s disciple. The idea became so urgent that he ran after Jesus, knelt down, and earnestly asked the most important question in life: “Good Master, what can I do to have eternal life?”

Jesus responded with a challenge that probed the youth’s thoughts. He replied, “Only God is good, so why do you call Me good?

This young executive obviously lived “the good life.”

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