The rich young man is doing all the right stuff, following all the commandments, checking all the boxes, crossing off all the to-do list items until he comes to the one thing he cannot part with - his wealth. It’s funny, we often think that with money we would find freedom and joy -- the kind personal benefactor who pays our salary no matter what we do would finally give us freedom, right, to do the things we love to do? But this rich young man reminds us that money can be the exact thing that blocks our freedom and joy. To be more specific, our clinging to money can be what keeps us from embracing freedom and chasing joy. This rich young man is doing all the hard stuff - staying faithful with his word and deed, treating others with respect, following every commandment - but he has given away his power to his wealth.