In these chapters, Jesus teaches what our goals should be in life: instead of seeking riches, to live obediently; instead of seeking to command others, to serve.
While the impulse to minimize Jesus’ teachings should generally be avoided, there is good reason to believe that the command to sell all was not meant to be a universal command but rather was unique to this man’s situation.
“The Rich Young Ruler and the Parable of the Unjust Steward,” S. Kent Brown, from The Testimony of Luke
Jesus prepared his disciples to be wise and faithful leaders. The interaction with the rich young ruler teaches them that if people’s hearts are tied to money and the things of this world, they cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. The parable of the unjust steward praises the steward for taking decisive and shrewd action, but Jesus adds that the correct principle is to be faithful with even small responsibilities.
Jesus uses the question of divorce (Matt. 19; Mark 10) to teach about marriage.
“Divorce,” Dallin H. Oaks, General Conference April 2007
A good marriage requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection.