MUSINGS – November 06, 2018

Mark 10:17-23
As Jesus was coming out to the road, a man came running to him and knelt in front of him. He asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: Never murder. Never commit adultery. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Never cheat. Honor your father and mother.” The man replied, “Teacher, I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. He told him, “You’re still missing one thing. Sell everything you have. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!” When the man heard that, he looked unhappy and went away sad, because he owned a lot of property. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!”

Look how eger this man was. He came running to Jesus. He had a question, “What should I do to inherit eternal life?” Perhaps he had just heard what Jesus said when he blessed the children, “I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn’t receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15)

By Mark’s account this was a good man honestly seeking access to God’s kingdom. He had kept all of the commandments since he was a child. However, he felt that there must be more that he could do. Jesus loved him. And because he loved him, Jesus asked him to follow him. It was exactly the same thing that he’d asked of all of his followers, “Drop what you’re doing and followed me.”

That is what Jesus still requires of his followers today. He has to be more important than anything or anyone in our lives. His love is universal and he still asks, “Do you love me more than these?”

Jesus stands in the doorway to the kingdom of God and asks only for our complete devotion. How do you respond? Do you follow or do you sadly turn away?

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