“Sell everything you have and follow me,” Jesus answers. Sell it all, every last bit. Because that stuff you own? You not only think that it’s yours. You think you got it on your own merits. You think you earned it, and you can earn salvation the same way. Here’s what I’ve got to say to all that, Jesus says: give it up.
I wish Jesus had made this easier. I wish he had said, give 5%, give 10%, even give 20%. But he says, give it all. Because all of it – all of it – is God’s. And if we want to live with God – eternal life, the rich man calls it – if we want that so bad we can taste it, there is only one way. By putting all of our possessions in God’s service.