Although the rich considered that he fulfilled the commandments quoted by Jesus; his inner self asked, “What do I still lack (to get eternal life)?” By our “good deeds” we can not obtain eternal life; only through faith in Jesus.
If we are believers; We must recognize that shedding material to help those in need was not a personal matter to deal with this rich; but is a norm applicable to every believer:
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” Acts 4: 32-35
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6:22
Hello brothers and sisters at the United States! Thank you so much for reading this Matthew comic. I hope it can be uplifting for you. 🙂
Searching the Internet for USA clothes, I found Uncle Sam’s clothes many times but I wasn’t convinced about drawing it. Next, the Statue of Liberty came to my mind and I drew it. Now, about to post it, I read about it and I just learnt that it represents a Roman goddess. 😛
The Bible shows two conditions: slave of sin (result: eternal death) and slave of God (result: eternal life). Been “free” of one makes us slave to the other one. Only faith in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection can set us free from sin and its eternal consequence. Freedom of sin through Jesus gives us eternal life and, meanwhile, we ought to obey God — that doesn’t means adherence to a “religious” set of rules (do’s and don’ts) but to know Jesus more each day to be guided by him to live in the freedom he gives us. 😀
Here is a link where you can learn how to gain this freedom through Jesus:
Bible Broadcasting Network.
May God bless you all and I hope that the leaders of your country can receive wisdom from God to take good decisions for all of you! I’m a football (soccer) fan and if some of you watch football: congratulations for the Gold Cup win last week. 😉
Pictures from this series: Panama, United States/México, Perú