Yesterday, we saw that only God is good. And we are a people in need of His grace in order to be granted eternal life.
Yesterday, we also saw that in the midst of a heart-checking lesson Mark reports that Jesus looked at the rich man and loved him!
How amazing is the Gospel?!
From the same mouth we hear: "You are not good--but I love you."
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.
“Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
The Bible is filled with raw human encounters--the kind that pretty much everyone can relate to in a very clear way. This story is one of them.
Even though this man felt like he had done everything necessary to inherit eternal life, there was one thing in particular that he was struggling with, namely, his love for money.
Jesus can't be fooled, can he? This man might appear upright, and genuinely seeking to know the truth as he runs to Jesus and falls on His feet. But Jesus could see right through the surface.
This man might've done everything right, but his heart was not fully surrendered.
His money and his possessions clearly were a passion and a comfort but also a barrier.
What about you? If you were to ask Jesus about what you need to do to inherit eternal life, what would be the "one thing you lack?" What are the one, two, three or more things that are in your way of completely giving God ownership of your life?
Lord, I confess that I too struggle with giving up the things of this earth.
I often become too attached to some things that I cherish.
Please help me make you my most cherished possession.
Please help me to love you with ALL of my heart, ALL of my soul, and ALL of my strength.
In Christ's name. Amen.
Going to church is not enough.
Giving to the poor is not enough.
Being a good person is not enough...
God wants your heart
Hear Him calling for it...
My son [my daughter], give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.