People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them.
When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, "Allow the children to come to me. Don't forbid them, because God's kingdom belongs to people like these children.15 I assure you that whoever doesn't welcome God's kingdom like a child will never enter it."
Then he hugged the children and blessed them.
As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, "Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?"
Jesus replied, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God.19 You know the commandments: Don't commit murder. Don't commit adultery. Don't steal. Don't give false testimony. Don't cheat. Honor your father and mother."a20
"Teacher," he responded, "I've kept all of these things since I was a boy."
Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him. He said, "You are lacking one thing. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me."
But the man was dismayed at this statement and went away saddened, because he had many possessions.