What can our possessions/riches do to us? Will it buy us food? Yes of course. Will it buy us health? Yes it will. It can also buy us material possessions. However, when we buy food and eat it after a few hours we will be hungry again. After paying our bills in the hospital that made us well we will get sick again, it will be a cycle until we die. The material possession that we have? it will eventually leave us or we will leave it.
In the gospel for this Sunday there is a rich man who was so near yet far on having eternal life and be a certified follower of Jesus. Near because he followed all the commandments; however he was also far for the simple reason that he cannot let go of his riches. When Jesus told him to sell his material possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. His face fell and went away very sad for he had many possession. In the process he badly missed having the eternal wealth that cannot be taken away from him. Wealth that he can even take with him after his death; that eternal wealth is Jesus. The rich man badly missed being a close follower in favor of his wealth.
Wealth per see is not bad it can even be our passport to heaven but we also need to know how to share our wealth. We need to share our wealth not from our excess; we need to share our wealth until it hurt our own pockets. When we are like that-wealth becomes our passport to be a true follower of Jesus.
There are many of us who cannot let-go of our possessions even if we don’t need it anymore. Because of sentimental reasons many of us will even want our possession to rot than share it with those who badly need it. Because of our greed we amass unprecedented dirty wealth by stealing from the government or from other private organizations. These type of possessions are all temporary and passing.
How many of us are willing to give until it hurts our pockets? How many of us are willing to give-up our possessions for the sake of following Jesus?