Matthew 19:16-26

“Am I rich?”

As everyone is getting settled into small group, click here to find out if you are rich.

Read the story of the rich, young ruler in Matthew 19:16-26.

[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.” [18] He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, [19] Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [20] The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” [21] Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” [22] When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. [23] And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. [24] Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” [25] When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” [26] But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Question: What was this man’s initial question?

Question: What is the answer to the question, “How does someone receive eternal life?”

Look at the last command of Jesus in v.22. This man had something keeping him from following Jesus. Jesus knows that even though this man kept some of the commandments, he valued something more than God: money. The Gospel Transformation Bible gives this commentary on the passage:

"Throughout Matthew, Jesus has identified greed as a hindrance to embracing the gospel (6:19–34; 13:22; 15:5–6), and, in contrast, a willingness to give up everything to follow him as a sign of true discipleship (19:20, 22, 27; cf. 13:44–46). A rich person can enter the kingdom of God only with difficulty, because riches can so easily take the place of God in one’s life."

Discuss: What would Jesus have asked you to give up? Jesus knew this man valued money more than God? If you had approached Jesus like this man, what would Jesus have asked you to sacrifice? What is something in your life you would have a hard time giving up or loosing?

If you feel like you truly prioritize God over everything else, wonderful! What things are you tempted to value over God? Out of this list, what are the top two things you are tempted to put above God? Feel free to include something not in this list.

At the end of small group time, pray and ask God to help you to not put anything in the way of following Jesus.

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