Fred Willmon asks us to consider what the Rich Man was really concerned about in Jesus' famous story. This challenges us to have our hearts focused on what is most important.
Religious people mean well when creating many expectations--even rules--to govern how to be truly religious. In this passage, Jesus provides a form of the one rule commanded for his followers to follow in their lives.
Ask. Seek. Knock. God knows what each of us needs at every moment. He already moves to meet our needs. (Remember Matt 6:24-34.) Like any good father--and infinitely more than the best human fathers--God wants us to ask him for whatever is on our heart. Not that he will grant everything we wish for. But so that he can teach us and relate to us like fathers relate to their children.
Though disciples are not to be judgmental of others (Matt 7:1-5), Jesus does teach us to know who we are dealing with. The Kingdom of God is precious, and its resources are not to be treated casually or carelessly. Some situations might only be a waste of time, or, worse, putting Kingdom things at risk of being abused and mistreated. Disciples are to have some "street smarts" as we go about our mission for the Lord.
Disciples of Jesus are as prone as anyone to make judgments about others. In this passage Jesus teaches us to pay attention to our judgmentalism. It might be a sign that we have much bigger issues in ourselves than those we call attention to in others.