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Mark 10:17-31

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’” v.17

Have you ever asked this question.  If you haven’t it is a question you should consider asking.  In this passage we know that this man had a lot of money and seemed to be a good person because he was doing a lot of good things.  But Jesus tells him it wasn’t enough and that he needed to sell all of his possessions to the poor in order for him to have eternal life.

So does that mean that all a person has to do is be good and sell all thier stuff?  No.  Jesus explains this later with these verses,

“’Yes,’” Jesus replied, ‘and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.'” v. 29-31

Having eternal life comes from having a relationship with Christ.  Being a Christ Follower, is not necessarily made up of a check list of things I do and things I don’t.  Yes, these things can be good, but being a Christ Follower means that I am completely sold out to Christ.  Being sold out means that nothing stands in the way of my relationship with Him.  The question that has to be asked is this, I am willing to give up everything for Him and the sake of the Gospel.  The way you answer this will tell you a lot about what yourself and your relationship with God.  Jesus is teaching that there should be nothing that stands in the way of a relationship with him! This is what it means to be sold out and that’s the type of person I want to be.

Today, is there anything you are holding on to that might be getting in the way of your relationship with Jesus?  Are you willing to give it up for His sake and the sake of the Gospel?

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