HistoryAnthony didn’t want to just learn about Jesus – he wanted to do what Jesus taught us to do. When Anthony heard a priest teaching about Jesus telling the rich young man to sell everything he had and give the money to the poor, that’s what he did. He sold his belongings, donated the money and went to live in the desert alone with God. Even though Anthony had never been to school, lived in a cave wearing only an old animal skin, and never took a bath, people from all over came to learn from him. He would teach people that the key to holiness was persevering with God.
Read the story of the Rich Young Man in Matthew 19:16-30. That rich young man became very sad and walked away. Anthony was a rich young man who did what Jesus said. What was the difference? Read verse 26 again and think about how God can make a difference in your life, too.