Lots of people come to Jesus because they (or we) need something from him... healing, hope, direction, unconditional love. In today's readings, a rich ruler, the disciples, and a blind beggar reach for Jesus. He responds to them all, but not with what they expected. Instead, he sends them out to give back MORE than what they received. Life with Jesus is a full, abundant life but not for ourselves. When we are with Jesus, we find our true life is found in giving ourselves away for others.
Rev. Joel L. Tolbert preaching Luke 18