Based off of Mark 10: 17-22
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone.”
Good. What is good? Running up to Jesus? Falling on knees before him? Asking the way to eternity? Very good, I’m thinking. But not good enough.
Jesus listed off more:
Do not murder
Do not commit adultery
Do not steal
Do not give false testimony
Do not defraud
Honor your father and mother
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him.
Loved him for what he was, and for what he still lacked.
“One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Couldn’t trade the goods for Good.
Couldn’t exchange what is good for what is GOOD.
Neither can I. I lack, and he looks at me and loves me. And still he asks me what I call good, and reaching out beyond his heavens he reaches further still into the the piles of good heaped all around me. The good that gobbles up ever last second of my day and night. The good that must be done, for how else will it get done? The ultimate minimalist action. To release the good for good.