18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.
Thoughts: This week our church is working with others in the community on 15 housing projects. We call it "GOoDWorks." The study of the Ten Commandments raises the possibility of good and goodness. The Rich Young Ruler had kept so many commandments, but he still failed in the ability to let go of his things. In our culture, we have refused to see both white and black- instead we cling to the grey. We also have availed ourselves of the hope of personal purity and holiness. Yet, Jesus showed us the possibility of holiness and goodness. While we fall short of Him, it is not wrong to try to emulate Him. While none of us may be called "good" as this passage says- except God- yet we can be better. Improvement in life is not to be looked down on. The Ten Commands are a call to be better and to be holy for God is holy.
Prayer: Help me to strive after your goodness, Lord.