Mark 10:17-24, 29-31, And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! … 29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Forsaking all to follow Jesus, wherever He may lead, and obeying whatever He may ask, has never been an easy decision to make. Yet, it is always the RIGHT decision, and it is also the most REWARDING decision we could possibly make.
While reading the Gospel of Mark this morning, three truths stuck out above all others. The first, as mentioned above, is simply the importance of having the desire and the willingness to forsake all to follow the Lord wherever He might lead. Choosing to forsake all is never an easy decision to make, but it is always the right decision to make. Secondly, I was reminded of the importance of humility and servanthood [MK 10:35-45]. For the past 2,000 years, followers of Christ have strived for power, prestige, and position, but such has never, nor will it ever, be the way of Christ and His kingdom. Thirdly, I saw the importance of biblical faith. A total dependence upon Christ and Christ alone. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all a broken people. We all need help from God. Without biblical faith, we will never experience biblical wholeness God desires us to have and others need for us to have, no matter how hard we try [MK 10:46-52]!
Jeremiah 17:5-9, Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
O Lord, create within my heart a faith that depends solely upon You, a willingness to forsake all to follow you, wherever You might lead, and humility that is willing to serve You and others!