Many look at this to be a story about being controlled by your possessions…but its more than that. This is a story about fully surrendering. Not just your things, but your very being. This story can be found in Matthew 19: 16 – 23:
16 A man came up to Jesus. He asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter the kingdom, obey the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
Jesus said, ” ‘Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not give false witness. 19 Honor your father and mother.’—(Exodus 20:12?16; Deuteronomy 5:16?20) And ‘love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ “—(Leviticus 19:18)
20 “I have obeyed all those commandments,” the young man said. “What else do I need to do?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad. He was very rich.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “What I’m about to tell you is true. It is hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is hard for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. But it is even harder for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.”
Next time we’ll examine some of the lessons we fellow wimps can take away from this story.