Read Matthew 19 today.

Matthew 19:16-21 NLT[16] Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” [17] “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question-if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.” [18] “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. [19] Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’” [20] “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” [21] Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
[22] But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
This chapter includes the account of when a rich man approached Jesus with the question about what he must do to have eternal life. If we care about things that will last, this is a good question. After hearing Jesus’ response to his question, the man declared that he had already fulfilled the requirements Jesus had set before him. Then he asked Jesus a follow up question. He asked, “What else must I do?” We know from the story the man did not like the answer he got from Jesus. We know he went away sad.
This makes me wonder, if he had known in advance the answer he was going to get from Jesus, would he have asked the question? Knowing ahead of time that Jesus’ answer to a question like this might include making major adjustments to our lives and lifestyles, would we ask it? Do we dare ask it?
Jesus, what else must I do?