Read - Luke 18:18-30

A Rich and Important Man

(Matthew 19.16-30; Mark 10.17-31)

18An important man asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to have eternal life?”

19Jesus said, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not tell lies about others. Respect your father and mother.’ ”

21He told Jesus, “I have obeyed all these commandments since I was a young man.”

22When Jesus heard this, he said, “There is one thing you still need to do. Go and sell everything you own! Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and be my follower.” 23When the man heard this, he was sad, because he was very rich.

24Jesus saw how sad the man was. So he said, “It's terribly hard for rich people to get into God's kingdom! 25In fact, it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into God's kingdom.”

26When the crowd heard this, they asked, “How can anyone ever be saved?”

27Jesus replied, “There are some things that people cannot do, but God can do anything.”

28Peter said, “Remember, we left everything to be your followers!”

29Jesus answered, “You can be sure that anyone who gives up home or wife or brothers or family or children because of God's kingdom 30will be given much more in this life. And in the future world they will have eternal life.”

Contemporary English Version, Second Edition (CEV®) © 2006 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.