What Must I Do to Have Eternal Life?

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Matthew 19:16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”

In this passage, we read about a young, wealthy man who approaches Jesus and asks what he must do to have eternal life. We can infer from the passage that this man is well-educated as he is wealthy and knows the Old Testament well.

What’s interesting is that despite the significant cultural differences between us, the question this young man asks Jesus is a fairly common question in our minds today. Is there life after death? If so, what must I do to have eternal life? 

The world tells us that we earn things by what we do. If you want good grades in school, you need to study and do your homework. If you want to be successful, you need to earn a certain level of income, drive the right kind of car, and live in the right kind of neighborhood. Whatever you want in life, you need to do something to earn it.

Christianity flips this completely on it’s head. Jesus says you don’t need to do anything specific except to surrender to His will and follow Him. It’s a gift that seems too good to be true.


     MATTHEW 19:16-22 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: Be honest: Are you living life in such a way that you believe God will reward you for your good deeds and behaviors? What would it look like for you to begin living in freedom – resting in God’s unconditional and unwavering love for you? 

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Are you doing too much?Practice slowing down and living life at the pace of your soul by utilizing the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, forgive me for the many times I seek your approval and affection through my good deeds. Today, may I simply rest in your love, knowing that it truly is unconditional and unwavering. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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