From the upcoming book “Fruit in Heaven” …
Mark 10:18: So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.”
Only God is good. And yet, in the creation story in Genesis chapter 1, after each day, God would look upon what He had just created and declare that ‘it was good’. Creation was/is good because it reflects its creator. And so, to be a ‘good person’ means to exhibit one/more internal attributes of creator God.
The Luke 10 passage quoted above, is in response to the ‘rich young ruler’ asking Jesus “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”. In other words, “How do I become a ‘good person’”? Here is Jesus’ full answer (Mark 10:18-22):
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Jesus’ ultimate answer: “One thing you lack…” you need to learn to be heavenly minded. Jesus later explains why some must give up all their worldly possessions, stating “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, the danger of worldly possessions is in the fact that they can/will consume your heart, mind and imagination. The possessions themselves are not evil. The fact that they now consume your thought life is the problem.