RE Verse reading–Mark 10:17-31 (day two)  “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me”  (vs 21)  It will be SOMETHING for everyone.  One thing that I hope I can hold onto and still have Christ.  One concession that I hope the Lord will make to my humanity.  He won’t!  The Rich Young Ruler illustrates a principle that operates in every life.  Christ will ask us to surrender the one thing we hold onto, the one thing that we value above Him, the one thing that competes for first place in our affections.  Until surrender is made no further progress is possible.  For the man in Mark 10 it was money.  For us it may be something else.  None of us, however, can follow Christ unless/until we “deny self” (Luke 9:23)  We can have life as we want it or life as He wills it.  Not both.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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