God Loves Him Because He is Lovable

“One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Jesus from the Gospel of Luke 18:18-27 (See entire reading below)

This rich man is not interested in God. He is interested in doing the right rules perfectly. He wants to test Jesus not try to know him, not depend on Him.

The one thing the rich man doesn’t realize, the one thing he doesn’t have on board, is the fact that God is already loving him. Already God loves him – not because he keeps all the commandments but because he is lovable. Jesus asks him to give it all up. In order that he might remove what stands in his way from getting to God. Jesus wants us to know everything in communion with God. So Jesus pushes on the false place in the man’s life and says get rid of it.

The rich man can’t do it. Wealth was seen then as it is now in some circles – even so-called Christian circles – as a sign of favor from God.

Jesus is turning that way of thinking upside down.

At that time, a man came testing Jesus and asking, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother.’” And the man said, “All these I have observed from my youth.” And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the man heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus, seeing him sad, said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said “Who then can be saved?” And He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. St. Luke 18:18-27

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2 responses to “God Loves Him Because He is Lovable

  1. I think you’re right. Indeed, I hope you are, because then the message is one of hope for those of us in The West. Otherwise we have always had to depend on verses 26 & 27 (which you don’t quote above).

    26 And they that heard it said “Who then can be saved?”.
    27 And He said “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
    KJV.

    And I love the cartoon! Where did you get the tiny camel?

  2. Fr. James Coles

    Thank you Richard!
    I added the verses that should have been there. I love the cartoon as well. I got it from a collection of internet clip art.
    Blessings!
    FJ

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