Clear the Clutter to Make Room for What Matters

Clear the Clutter to Make Room for What Matters

Here comes that man again.  Running up to Jesus with a question about eternal life. I wonder what you think about him. He may not be so different from you and me. He’s a good man.  A religious man.  An honest man.  Maybe even a kind man. We call him a rich young man, even though Mark never calls him young – which isn’t so different from a lot of us.  And Mark doesn’t say he is rich. Mark actually says, “he owned much property” or “he had many possessions.” Just like we add things to the story, we may forget parts of the story.  We may forget that this sincere, worried man is looked at carefully by Jesus.  Perhaps Jesus even knows him well, since Jesus seems to know his socio-economic circumstance so thoroughly.  We may forget that Mark tell us that Jesus loves him. What we do remember accurately are those dreaded words from Jesus’ lips: “You are lacking one thing.  Go, sell what you own, and give your money to the poor.” We know what the man will do.  He will turn away, holding on to all those possessions.  Some of us grieve with him, as we watch him walk away from Jesus, all his heavy weight of possessions still with him, because we know his choice could be ours as well. Many of us are nervous about Jesus’ words about money, because while some of us have more and some of us have less and some of more or less than we used to have, we still know that we have more than most people, and certainly...