And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”- Mark 10:21 ESV
The response of this man’s interaction with Jesus was stunning, “Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” The MSG Bible paraphrase says, “The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go”. The question we ALL have to ask and answer in our heart, “Is God our portion, is He the sustainer of our dreams, our hopes, our lives?
Leader, can you step into these words? ‘My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.’ (Psalm 73:26, 142:5, 119:57, 16:5) What is God to you? What role does Jesus play in your life? Is He window dressing for a safe, comfortable life, or is He the purpose of your life? Do you desire Him with all your heart? Is He your everything, or at least, YOUR #1 thing? Are you still working to get to 10%, or is IT ALL HIS-100%? For as the great musical lyrics say, “Jesus paid it all, ALL TO HIM I OWE”!
Conduit, When Jesus asked his disciples whether they would leave him, Peter answered with the question, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!’ (John 6:68) Peter’s question, “To whom shall we go?” was really a statement. Peter was not asking Jesus to name someone else for the disciples to follow. Peter was saying that there was no one else. Jesus was their Teacher: As Peter said, “You have the words of life eternal” (John 6:68). Only Jesus was Christ the Son of God who had the gospel of eternal life. Jesus was their Shepherd: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11). Who else could do that for the disciples? Jesus was their Lamb: John the Baptizer said of Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). Nobody else could be a sacrifice to make atonement for the disciples. Jesus was their Way: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). Jesus was their God: Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). What other man could the disciples recognize as God? The TIME IS NOW, KAIROS, to ask and answer the question, “Who is Jesus to me?”!