Today’s Reading: Mark 10:13-31
Many people today are willing to say Jesus was “a great moral teacher.” But when it comes to admitting that Jesus is LORD – that he deserves control of every part of my life, then they aren’t willing to say that. There’s a popular teaching going around that says, you can accept Christ as your Saviour, but you don’t have to accept him as LORD of your life. That teaching is NOWHERE in the Bible. That’s NOT the way it works. When you come to Jesus, you accept him for who he IS. . . and he IS LORD just like he is Saviour!
In Mark 10:17 the man asked the right question. “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” He didn’t come asking “How can I make more money?” He didn’t come asking, “How can I make my life more fulfilling?” He didn’t come asking, “How can I make sure my family has all their needs supplied?” He recognized the MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION! But the truth is “Being a Christ-follower is more than knowing you need to be saved.”
We know that He was a good man. He said “All these things I have kept from my youth.” had been a really good person! He hadn’t slept around. He hadn’t lied. He hadn’t stolen. He hadn’t dishonoured his father and mother. But again the Truth “Being a Christ-follower is more than keeping rules.” At a funeral, the question isn’t if “He was a good man”? But if he was a saved man.
Jesus pushes aside the large commitments that this guy had made, and said, “what about what you’re not willing to give?” What is it that’s keeping you from being a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ?
Excuse #1: Someone. “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters. . . he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26) The word translated “hate” in Greek = LOVE LESS – You’re afraid what they might think.- You’re afraid you might lose them.
Excuse #2: Someday – Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:21)
Excuse #3: Something – then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:21-22)- You think you can’t give up. (Addictions?)- You don’t want to give up. (Money, sex, lying)- You’re afraid God might want you to.
What is stopping you from fully following Jesus?