DAY 33: SELL OUT: The Chosen 40 Days with Jesus- Book2- (Mark 10:17-27) “The Danger of Riches”
Good evening. Great is His faithfulness.
Mark 10:17-27 - (see also Matthew 19:16-30; & Luke 18:18-30)
Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler
17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”
21 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.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
With God All Things Are Possible23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is [a]for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it isimpossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
The rich man is not coming to test Jesus, but instead he is seeking advice from the One he considers no more than a GOOD TEACHER. See Christ's response- (v. 18) is not denying that He is God, but is designed to lead the rich man to this knowledge. In v. 20 the response by the rich man shows that formal observance of the commandments does not make one righteous before God. The man had an earnest desire for seeking eternal life, Jesus knew he was still lacking something and so did the rich man that's why he continued to press Jesus for the answer.
To be perfect one must be willing to sacrifice all and FOLLOW CHRIST. How can anything be gained unless sacrifice is given freely just like Christ example on the Cross voluntary going to His Passion.
"Giving away possessions is the least of Christ's instructions here; following Him in all things is far greater and more difficult calling."
St. John Chrysostom
See my video on the interpretation of the camel's eyes.
PRAYER FOCUS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL
Ask the Lord to search your heart for idols. Trust Him with the blessings He allows you to steward as well as the ones He asks you to give up. Praise Him for providing all of your needs, all the time.
Moving Forward Questions from the Devotional - see my video for the discussion.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your[a] care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to [b]be abased, and I know how to [c]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through [d]Christ who strengthens me.
14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.
"Here lies the secret to contentment, we find our contentment in Christ walking the true path of righteousness, there is no contentment when we go through the motions."
Jared W Campbell
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell - Shalom, Shalom!!!