Read Matthew 19 today.

This chapter includes a conversation between Jesus and a man about the requirements for having eternal life. The words from Jesus left the man sad, because he had many possessions. He was ‘rich,’ and being ‘rich’ makes it much more difficult time enter the Kingdom of God.
So, what does it mean to be ‘rich?’ Who are the ‘rich’ people today?
As I considered the answers to those questions, one of the things I think about is that most of us like to identify with the underdogs. We like to think of ourselves as being among those who overcome the great obstacles. We do not like to think of ourselves as people with privilege, as people who have more options available to us than most other people. We do not like to think of ourselves as ‘rich.’
Consider this proposal as a definition: anyone who does not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from is ‘rich.’ This kind of ‘rich’ person never needs to pray “give is this day our daily bread.” This kind of ‘rich’ person can become blind to his/her need for God, and God’s provision. This kind of ‘rich’ person can be distracted by a wide range of possibilities.
Jesus’ words to this particular man were to eliminate the distractions (his many possession and options) that were keeping him from following Jesus. Are there any distractions you need to eliminate?
Matthew 19:16, 21-24 NLT
Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
[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.
[23] Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. [24] I’ll say it again-it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”