Moments in the life of a Pastor

Walking with God

11. The courage to come but not to continue – Part 1

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Mark 10:17-31

17 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?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’ ”20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.29 “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.”

Last time we saw Jesus on His journey to the cross as He crossed paths with Bartimaus the blind beggar, who boldly believed and was blessed. Now as Jesus continues His journey to Jerusalem we will see him crossing paths with a man who wasn’t blind but was still bound up. It’s here in Mark 10:17-31 that we see:

  1. The seeking Ruler – VS 17

“As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem” It’s here that we are reminded of the reason for Jesus journey, to give His life as a ransom for our rebellion. We need to be careful that we don’t miss the mission, it’s all about God’s mercy to man. Jesus came to save us from our sins but we have to respond to the gift of salvation. And it’s here in the midst of the mission that we see someone seeking God’s gift of salvation. One who courageously chose to come to Christ despite what the culture would say. Now I want you to notice several things about this man, first his:

  1. Position in Society

He was Rich – Here was a man who had worldly wealth, according to society he had it made in the shade. He had what many of us want and wish for, and what the world is constantly telling us we need, wealth. But despite all his money, something was still missing. Like him, we can have plenty in the bank and be spiritually bankrupt. Here was a man who suffered from the poverty of plenty, a deadly disease that is destroying us today. Because we have bought into the world’s system that says, satisfaction and security are found in the stock market and money. But satisfaction and security are found in serving the Savior not selfishly accumulating wealth. Here was a man who had everything you could desire but was destitute. He had assets but not assurance. Not only was he rich but Luke 18:18 tells us he was also a:

Religious Ruler – He was a man of high social standing and someone that would have been seen as significant in his society. This would have given him both power and position something the world constantly pushes us to pursue. Yet his high social standing did not satisfy, something was still missing. How many of us are wasting our lives pursuing a position in the hopes that it will satisfy our lives? So we sacrifice our time and our talents on the altar of ego. Giving our lives to a job instead of Jesus, because it’s more socially acceptable to sell our souls to a system that will never satisfy than it is to be sold out to the Savior. Not only was he a rich religious ruler but Matthew 19:22 tells us that he was:

Youthful – We live in a world that worships youth. Preteens dress up to look more mature, while those who are older dress to look like adolescents. We value youth because of the potential and the possibilities, what we really treasuring is time. From a worldly perspective, this man had it all, power, position, prestige, popularity, potential, the possibilities were endless, yet something was still missing. He had social success but no satisfaction. He had religion but not a relationship. He had grown tired of a legalistic, performance-driven graceless religion. That’s where some of you are at today, you have money but you are miserable. You have status be not satisfaction. You have religion but you are still restless. So what did he do, he sought the Savior. He was a truth seeker, who understood that there was more to life than just the here and now. He knew that eternity needed to be prepared for so he came to the Author of life to find the answer to life. What about you do you have the courage to come to Christ, or do you care more about the crowd and what it thinks? If you are restless today then run to Christ, He is the only cure to what your soul is craving.


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