v 16. Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good
deed must I do to have eternal life?”
The chapter starts with a question to Jesus in verse 3 that was designed to try to trap Jesus into saying something controversial that could be used against Him to discredit His teaching. This next question in verse 16, from a rich young man, seems to me to be genuine, and it is an important one. Behind it lurks an assumption that eternal life has to be earned by doing something special. Jesus’ response has two facets to it: the first is to hold lightly to earthly possessions, and the second is simply ‘Then come, follow me.’ The questioner could not get beyond the first in order to be in a position to respond to the challenge of the second.
How true even today in our thing-centred culture.