The rich young man and us: thoughts on Mark 10.17-31

Many interpreters suggest that Jesus’ word to the rich man in Mark 10.17ff to sell all he has and give it to the poor was meant only for that man, because he had a “heart issue” with materialism. What if the problem is not materialism, but our preference for the freedom money can buy in contrast with what Jesus promises when we leave everything behind for him: a new family, houses, and farms–but with persecutions?