My schedule has been a little scattered lately—life does occasionally happen. When it does, blogdom must give way for reality. Because of that I haven’t been able to share much of my studying of the book of Mark or apply myself to the text at hand (Mark 10:17-22) The title of my last post in this series, “Where’s your sorrow?” references the end of this passage where the young man goes away ‘sorrowful’ or rather than leaving his sorrow at the feet of Jesus, he took it with him.
In considering these things over the last several weeks I realized that this young fellow, more often that not, represents all of us—Christians in general I mean—at one point or another. We all throw ourselves at Jesus feet and ask him that question. We are delighted that we’ve gotten some of it right but when he says “But…this must go” we regret it. It is at this moment, when we reject the answer to the questions we ask of Christ, that our troubles really begin. It is at this moment that our hearts begin to harden. We get used to that burden of sin we are carrying and the weight of sorrow that comes into our lives with it so when we stand up from our prayers we take it up again.
In the face of all this young man’s knowledge of the Word of God, Jesus tells him face to face the one thing he lacks, a reliance on God. He has placed his faith in his possessions and his wealth the same way some put their faith in a building or a program and call it ‘church’. While Christ is never surprised by our nature—he knows well what is in a man—I can’t see how this can please him. It is this same intimate knowledge of what we are made of that caused him to keep his instructions short. “Go into all the world. Make disciples.”
The bible tells us that Jesus looked at him and “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) Let go of the things that stand between you and I and come, follow me. It’s not cheap to follow Christ, but oh is it sweet.