Lesson Scriptures: Mark 10:12-22
Key Lesson Theme: “Our Commitment to Christ”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, October 22
21 Looking at him, Jesus loved him and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 But he was dismayed by this demand, and he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
Jesus looked beyond the surface into the depths of this man’s soul, his whole being. Yes, He was a good, decent man with so much potential. He had such noteworthy attributes, some that we identified earlier. His enthusiasm, good personality, sincerity, and respectability were to be admired. He came from a strong heritage for he had been taught well and his religious commitment was impeccable. Jesus not only liked what He saw in the man, He loved him.
Love does not always mean approval of what is or consent to do whatever one wants. Love also is able to declare the truth, to give forthright advice. Jesus had tried to prepare the man for what was coming next. He wanted him see that he really couldn’t do anything to earn eternal life. He had already proven that by saying he had kept the commandments faithfully, but here he was, still was searching for eternal life. What he had done, had not seemed to work.
Jesus had declared the man lacked one thing that would bring fulfillment to his search for eternal life, and had described some actions for the man to take. But He did not stop there. The answer to the man’s quest for eternal life would be found in Jesus Himself—to follow Him wholeheartedly and without reserve. To take up the cross indicated the stakes were high. The cross was an instrument of death. To follow, or “to join with” or “side with,” Jesus called for a willingness to give the ultimate sacrifice, a sacrifice Jesus Himself would make for all people.
Jesus’ command in this passage is not prescriptive for all people. He was addressing this particular man’s heart issue. He needed to be willing to separate himself from his wealth and follow Jesus. Jesus calls for the removal of anything and everything that would interfere with our willingness to obey Him completely. For you and me, it may not be possessions, but something else that prevents us from following Jesus; something we must be willing to walk away from in order to walk toward Him.
What are some lasting truths from Mark 10:21-22?
>The call to discipleship demands a response.
>The way to eternal life includes willingly giving up anything and everything that separates us from the Lord who alone is the source of eternal life.
>The saddest decision in life is choosing to refuse Jesus.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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