As Jesus was coming out to the road, a man came running to him and knelt in front of him. He asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: Never murder. Never commit adultery. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Never cheat. Honor your father and mother.”
The man replied, “Teacher, I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him. He told him, “You’re still missing one thing. Sell everything you have. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!”
When the man heard that, he looked unhappy and went away sad, because he owned a lot of property. (Mark 10:17-22 GW)
The issue here is not money but relationship with God. This young man put great confidence in his own ability to keep the Law, that is—his own righteousness. It says Jesus loved him, then He called him to a relationship of trust in God rather than self.
What do you trust in? Your own religious effort at being good enough for God, or in God (Jesus) alone?