Good Afternoon y’all. Today we are studying Mark chapter 10.
I am focusing the blog on verses 17 – 30
Be blessed 🙂
The rich man comes to Jesus to ask what he needs to do in order to inherit eternal life. I believe this man genuinely wanted to know but he didn’t realize the price he would have to pay for it.
Jesus responds in v19 – “But as for your question—you know the commandments: don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, respect your father and mother.”
The rich man was getting excited..lol..because he already fulfills all the laws Jesus mentioned. He responds by saying, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young”
Then Jesus decided to burst his bubble just a lil bit by his next response…lol. Jesus replied him: “You lack only one thing,” he told him; “go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor—and you shall have treasure in heaven—and come, follow me.”
“Oh dear! Not my possessions? Come on, Jesus, what’s this about? Why did you have to even go there? Come on, man!”… these are my own interpretation of what would have been going on in the rich man’s mind…Oh the man was so sad. Verse 22 says: “Then the man’s face fell, and he went sadly away, for he was very rich”.
Notice the contrast between the rich man’s response to Jesus’ invitation and that of the disciples in the earlier chapters when Jesus called them to follow Him?
The disciples were busy earning a living; they were fishing, which happens to be their source of livelihood, when Jesus walked by and asked them to follow him and immediately they left all to follow him. I think one of them even left the father in the boat and ran after Jesus! Whereas this rich man just couldnt imagine parting with his possessions and following Jesus. The rich man valued his riches more than having a relationship with Jesus and having eternal life.
It’s a tough call, but he couldn’t pay the price. Remember Jesus said in chapter 8:34 that if any will follow him you will have to first of all deny yourself.
“Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, “you must put aside your own pleasures and shoulder your cross, and follow me closely.”(Mark 8:34 TLB)
Well this man sort of missed that memo. Jesus gave him another opportunity but he chose what was more important to him: his riches.
Truth is all these material things we are chasing won’t go anywhere with us when we die or the end comes. That’s just the plain truth. So, are they worth loosing our souls for?
Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not saying we shouldn’t desire to be rich or have good things. What I’m saying is that when those material things become idols and take God’s place in our lives then we have an issue.
Money was made to serve man and not man to serve money. We should learn to master our riches and not them master us.
Scripture says, “Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven—it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well. (1 Tim 6: 17-19 TLB)
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” (Matt 6:19 -21 MSG)
Let’s check ourselves today: myself included. What are those idols that are stopping us from serving God as fully as we ought to. I know we often say this phrase “Jesus, You are Lord of my life” but is He truly? Have we truly surrendered all that we are to Him or is He only Lord in certain parts of our lives? Like the rich man, he carried out all the commandments diligently but when it came to letting Jesus be Lord over his possessions, he couldn’t do it.
Remember this verse; “And how does a man benefit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul in the process? For is anything worth more than his soul?” (Mark 8: 36 -37)
Heaven is real….. Hell is real…. choose wisely.
Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Today I have set before you life and death: choose life….
Apostle Paul said “But all these things that I once thought very worthwhile—now I’ve thrown them all away so that I can put my trust and hope in Christ alone. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that I can have Christ, and become one with him, no longer counting on being saved by being good enough or by obeying God’s laws, but by trusting Christ to save me; for God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith—counting on Christ alone”.(Phil 3:7-9 TLB)
Verse 29 -31 gives a great promise that those who sacrifice and give up things for God will not go unrewarded. So be rest assured there is a crown and reward waiting for you at the end of this. Your sacrifices are not in vain. God sees and He is taking notes 🙂
I pray the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to see the things that represent idols in our lives and give us the grace to make the changes needed. That our love for God will be genuine and nothing will be too much for us to sacrifice for Him. Amen.
Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter.
Have a blessed weekend 🙂
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***With God all things are possible***