He thought he was doing everything right until he spoke to Jesus...The rich young man knew something was missing in his walk with God and sought after Jesus to secure his standing before God. His eagerness quickly faded when Jesus showed him the true desires of his heart. In Mark 10, we unpack this encounter and learn how we should put God first in our lives.
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[a]” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
Practice The Way of Jesus:
Doesn't matter what you've done or haven't done, where you're from or not from, doesn't matter if you are smart enough or experienced enough, the invitation to follow Jesus is open to all. However, the prerequisite to following is a willingness to make Jesus first in our lives.
This week, ask yourself: “Is Jesus my first priority right now? Is there anything in my life that I am unwilling to let go of?”
After reflection, seek to demonstrate your priority to Jesus by how you organize your life and schedule.