THE LORD OUR GOD IS GOOD
A rich young ruler approached Jesus and asked Him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” - Luke 18 verse 18
Jesus replied thusly, "Why do you call me good? No one is good—except God alone."
- Luke 18 verse 19
Jesus responded to the use of the honorific, "good", by declaring that it is a title that can only be ascribed to God and yet this man was ascribing it to Jesus even though he did not know that Jesus was God.
Had the young man believed that Jesus was the eternal God, would he not have listened to the wisdom of Jesus to sell all that he had, give it to the poor to lay up treasure in heaven and then follow Jesus?
The lesson from this short narrative is that we should believe that Jesus is God and in doing so, believe that He is good and that we should then surrender all we have to Jesus so that we are under the kingship of the great God who is good. Out of His goodness, we are not only given eternal life but we are given life and life more abundantly.
To get to the place of eternal abundant life in God, we must do what that young man could not. We must believe in the divinity of Jesus. We must believe in His power to save us from our sin and we must trust that He has the power to store our treasure in heaven and we must follow Him.
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