For us to stay on this journey towards radical faithfulness one question will become incredibly important. Jesus tells the rich young man that to attain eternal life he must love God and neighbor and follow the law to which the young man replies, “What still do I lack?”
The question, “What still do I lack?” implies a serious humility on the part of the asker. We wouldn’t be asking what we lacked if we didn’t realize there was something lacking. If we humbly approach the Lord with this question we will slowly be able to see ourselves as we truly are. Continually asking this will combat both luke warmness and a tendency to become like one of the Pharisees thinking we lack nothing in our relationship to our Lord. We need to remember that even the great Saints had need for further repentance and conversion even at the end of their lives.
The question, “What still do I lack?” is an attitude of constant and total surrender to the Lord. It represents the poverty of spirit needed to approach the Lord of heaven and earth in order to ask for the spiritual treasure of himself.
How do we live this question? Here are some ways to cultivate a “What still do I lack?” attitude in your life:
- Pray for Humility everyday for the rest of your life whether you think you need it or not.
- Listen before action: Ask God to reveal His will to you before you assume you know what it is.
- Self knowledge is key: Examine yourself often and deeply.
- Meditate on the words: Put yourself into the Gospel and prayerfully ask Jesus, “What still do I lack?”