In the Bible, there is a story about a man who approached Jesus with a question that many of us have probably wondered about at one point in our lives. He asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25)
This man was not just any ordinary person; he was an expert in the law. He knew the scriptures inside out and was well-versed in the teachings of Moses. However, despite his knowledge and expertise, he still felt uncertain about his salvation.
Jesus responded to the man’s question by asking him what he thought the law said about inheriting eternal life. To this, the man replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
Jesus commended him for his answer and told him that he had answered correctly. He then went on to tell him a story about a Samaritan who showed compassion to a wounded man, even though Samaritans were considered enemies of the Jews.
The story illustrates that loving one’s neighbor means showing kindness to anyone in need, regardless of their ethnicity or social status. It emphasizes that true obedience to God’s commandments entails not only knowing them but also putting them into practice.
The man who asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life is not named in the Bible. However, his story serves as a reminder that even those who are well-versed in scripture can still have questions about their faith.
As Christians, we too must strive to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. We must also love our neighbors as ourselves by showing compassion and kindness to those around us.
In conclusion, this story reminds us that eternal life is not something we can earn through our own efforts or knowledge. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ that we can inherit it. Let us, therefore, strive to love God and our neighbors wholeheartedly, and trust in His grace to save us.