READ: Mark 10:17-31
- “Sell all”…”left everything.” Those phrases stand out in this text. Jesus calls for the rich young man to give up everything, totally abandon his wealth. Then, following the story, Peter makes the claim, “We’ve left everything to follow you.” Those phrases capture the heart of what is taking place in this text.
- No one should be fooled by messages about this being easy. The message of Jesus is simple…the life of Jesus not so much. We’re not good at “totally abandoning.” We like to be in control. The previous paragraph tells us to be like little children (not in control). This paragraph says to sell all (again, losing control). Then, Jesus tells us wealth is a problem to be overcome, not necessarily the blessing most Americans claim it to be.
- Many of us believe we have allowed Jesus to be Lord of our lives. Yet we want to control our lives. We want to tell God what our job should be, our income, our health, our future…well, our everything. Yet still claim He’s Lord. The question would be, “Lord of what?” Lord of Sunday morning? Lord of 20 minutes in our devotional time? Maybe Lord of how we drive…so long as no “yoyo” pulls out in front of us?
- What do you think Jesus means when He says, “Sell all you have”?
- If you had to estimate, what percentage of your life is “totally abandoned”?
- What potential obstacles do you face in bringing your whole self to Jesus tomorrow?
PRAY: Thank God that He extends great grace and mercy. Pray that you can keep wrestling with abandoning yourself. Pray that Madison Park is a safe place to be vulnerable with God.