The Third Path

A rich man approaches Jesus. “What must I do for salvation?”

Jesus asked him about following all the Jewish law. “I have since I was a child.”

In that time, and probably as much in our time, two ways seem assured to get right with God. This man had them both. First, wealth. Second, he followed the rules.

Yet, something told him that it wasn’t enough.

Jesus told him to give it all up and become a follower, a disciple.

The man couldn’t. He went away sad.

Jesus followers were astounded. If a rich man can’t make it, who can?

Jesus told them it starts with God. We have named that grace.

There remained a gap in the man’s heart. Wealth didn’t fill it. Following rules didn’t fill it.

Changing your heart and following Jesus–that will fill it.

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