Eternal life

Mark 10:17-27
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 
You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'” 
And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”
And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 
At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. 
And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 
And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 
Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” 

May we not unwittingly replace God with any other gods.

In the above passage, we get insight into what is required for eternal life. We should thank that man. For without him, we would have thought that obeying the commandments and coming to Jesus Christ was enough.

What must I do to inherit eternal life?

Step 1: Obey the commandments. (God’s law comes first).
Step 2: Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. (Let go of earthly gods).
Step 3: Come, follow me. (“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6).

The man was held back by Step 2. He already observed Step 1 and he had already done a part of Step 3 – come to Jesus Christ, but to follow Jesus Christ, he first needed Step 2 – let go and Let God. He left sorrowful.

“Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”” – Luke 9:62