“Tell me teacher – how do I inherit eternal life?”
” How do I move beyond obsessions with this time and my internal strife? ”
The teacher – who had been looking down now looked up.
He spoke, gently, “Pour out your overflowing cup.”
The man looked shocked and irritated.
“What kind of nonsense is this being perpetrated?”
He spoke with a sinking spirit for he was very wealthy.
His expression advised how he felt such a move to be most unhealthy.
“Teacher” – he said, “I have kept all the commandments in my heart and in my head.”
“I freely give to others from my daily bread.”
” I feel as though I have to.speak up, why must I empty my overflowing cup? ”
The teacher now broke his silence.
To beg the young man in an unobtrusive manner and to correct his grievance,
“Your wealth is a distraction,
over abundant satisfaction,
you have to.free your soul,
make God your never changing goal.
There is no man made thing ever enough to make you a king.”
The needle’s eye,
young man bewildered,
He turned away from the teacher.
His gestures said he did not appreciate,
the words of this enigmatic preacher.
The teacher watched him leave then turned and said –
“Whatever occupies your mind and heart will surely take the place of heaven’s part,
some have chosen to live with their treasures on earth,
never recognizing what their soul is worth,
wealth seven times seven,
sole focus disregarding the Kingdom of heaven.”