Matthew 19:16-17 “16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
There are a few things that we should get from this.
1. People are concerned with eternity. We know that every man and woman has eternity set on their hearts. We all wrestle with that question about what happens after you die. We all wrestle with the existence of the Lord and how we enter His gates. Everyone we talked to the past couple days had that thought and all said they wanted to know the answer. Everyone. Often many have the wrong idea of what grants them eternal life. Just like this young man. There are even those in the church that think that just because you walked an aisle, just because you were baptized, just because you show up to church that you are good. Those are great things, but those are not what give you eternal life. Only faith in Christ and His work on the cross. Only faith in the resurrected King.
2. No one is good. I love what Jesus said to him. Jesus gave him a foreshadow of the issue with his question in his first response. There is only one good. Only God is good. Only Jesus lived the perfect life. We all are sinners by nature and by choice. We all have fallen short of the glory of God. No one is perfect. This guy was coming to Jesus for assurance of his obvious blessed life. He had kept the law, as he thought. God had blessed him with riches. Of course he was a good man. Of course he was going to inherit eternal life. We often think if we just keep the scales tipped towards our good deeds that we will be good. The scriptures tell us that even our good deeds are filled with sin. We really do underestimate the sinfulness of our hearts. We are impure. We are sinful. Even in our “good” things we are sinning. We have no hope at all to be good. Only Jesus is good. Only He can give us righteousness.
3. Obey perfectly. This somewhat plays off the last point. To get to heaven you must obey the law perfectly. One problem… You fail. We all fail. Only Christ lived up to the perfection of the law. He came and fulfilled the law. Now we put our faith not in what we do, nor what we don’t do, but what’s been done! Christ took my place. Christ lived the life I couldn’t. Christ is the one I look to. He alone is how I inherit eternal life. I pray that you would share that message with someone today. I pray that if you are hoping in your good works, your actions, that you would stop, turn to Christ and His perfection. Only He can give you hope. Only He is good.