He Walked Away - Poem by Royston Allen
I have great wealth Lord, What must I do?
I want eternal life so I have come to You
All the commandments I've obeyed and kept
What else must I do eternal life to get?
'Go sell your possessions and give to the poor'
'Then follow Me and I will tell you more'
Hearing this the man turned and walked away
For him the price was too much to pay!
Lord Jesus, may I not walk away
thinking that it is too much to pay.
For the price was paid by You my Lord
so please help me to trust in Your Word
to come to You and in repentance bow.
Then I shall have eternal life now.
Written after reading Matthew 19: 16-26
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, 'Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life? '
'Why do you ask me about what is good? ' Jesus replied. 'There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.'
'Which ones? ' he inquired.
Jesus replied, '‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, ' and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.''
'All these I have kept, ' the young man said. 'What do I still lack? '
Jesus answered, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.'
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, 'Who then can be saved? '
Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'
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