Jesus called people to follow Him. Why? Because He loves people and does not want them to perish. He is the only one who can give new life, satisfaction, and everlasting joy. In this encounter, the young rich man asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ answer reveals the man’s idolatry of riches- he went away sad, because he was unwilling to part with his possessions in order to follow Christ. Are you willing to offer your life to Jesus? He calls each of us to die daily, by taking up our cross and following Him.