“And He said to him, ‘Why are asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments’” (Matthew 19:17).
To the question of the rich young ruler, “What good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life? (v.16),” Jesus offers a significant corrective understanding. First, he speaks of life rather than eternal life because the only true life is eternal life. Apart from this true life is only death. Secondly, rather than just another thing to be obtained and added to our possessions, this life is something to be entered into. It is a road to be traveled; not a commodity to be purchased. Because God alone is good, the pursuit of our life becomes that which is pleasing to him.