"If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me." Mark 10:21.
We are not rich, so we have hardly something to sell. But Jesus said those in its literary meaning? What we own is a very relative concept. Once a beggar approached a sage and said he is very poor. The sage grabbed his bag and run. The beggar run behind him. After a few yards the sage stopped and asked why the beggar followed him. The beggar asked his sack back. The sage smiled and asked why then he said he is poor. Definitely what we own is not simply money. Here it comes the Christian suicide. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25.
It was a nice day for fishing. Then the carpenter reach the fisherman and ask to put out the boat little from the land to teach the crowd followed him. After the preaching the carpenter asked the experienced fisherman to let down the nets for a catch. They wondered on the number of fish they caught. Then Simon Peter fell on his knees before Jesus and said ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord’. Luke 5:8. Realising that we are sinful is a necessary understanding in selling everything we own. Then they left everything and followed him. When the Woman of Samaria understand that her five husbands was a sin she left the water jar and went to her own people to tell about Jesus.
Jesus really appreciates the rich young man obeying all the rules. But be morally right is different from be perfect in Christianity. Morality is only the first step in Christianity. Be a good tree is the important thing. Matthew 7:18. So the definitions become larger. Later you have to spill the blood to kill someone. But now if you get angry or call someone ‘fool’ you are liable for judgment. The situation is changing. Now the sanctity is not subjective. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? Matthew 5:46.
The rich man doesn’t have a name. He is adjective. His strength is his richness that is why he is called ‘rich man’ like a ‘beautiful girl’ or ‘wise old man’. But Jesus emphasis his strength is what he miss. So what we think our strength may be an obstacle. Jesus overturns our tables. ‘But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.’ Luke 6:24-26. So what we considered good is not that much beautiful now.
So the question is whether we will be ready to give up our strength or we give up Jesus. A suicide may be necessary…