A well-to-do man comes to Jesus and asks, earnestly, “What do I have to do to get to heaven?” Jesus diagnoses the man’s spiritual condition and tells him what he doesn’t want to hear: “All your stuff, your things, your money — they are what’s coming between you and God. Get rid of it, make God your highest priority, and come follow me. Then you’ll know you’re going to heaven.”
Of course, we know we’re saved by grace, so we cannot earn our salvation with good deeds. We know that following Jesus’ instructions would not automatically result in us going to heaven. As one person put it, “Salvation does not come through an empty bank account.” We know this.
However, do not for a minute think that we don’t suffer from the same spiritual sickness that plagued this “rich” man in Luke 18.