“And He said to him, ‘Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good…’” (Matthew 19:17).
While quick to describe any number of individuals, things, or activities as good, Jesus’ words force us to rethink and reserve such estimations for the One who alone is good. Regarding the rich young ruler’s question of eternal life, the Goodness that produces salvation lies outside of us and does not emerge from within. The necessary starting place for discovering this life is the acknowledgement, “I have no good besides You” (Psalm 16:2).