“But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property” (Mark 10:22).

Jesus’ charge to the rich young ruler, to go and sell all his possessions and give to the poor (v.21), while not a prescriptive necessity for eternal life is, nonetheless, a descriptive challenge for anyone unwilling to relinquish ownership. That he believed he owned not just much property, but anything at all, exposes the conflicting issue—control. “Mine” is the immature cry of a self-absorbed child, who still lacks the maturity and wisdom of understanding that the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains (Ps.24:1). While we may not scream “Mine” like a defiant child, how often do we say it by our selfish and less than generous actions?

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