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Mark 10:17-22 -  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

 

  1. Look at his statement “Good Master” – he was trying to flatter Jesus

 

We try to impress the Lord and flatter Him – we’re sons and daughters so that is unnecessary.

         2. Jesus made his statement in love

 

Jesus looked on him and spoke to him in love – why would He do it any other way with you or I. We hear what we want to hear and not necessarily what is said.

         3. He only lacked one thing (must have been a tither)

 

If he was not a tither, then he would’ve lacked two things.

         4. Jesus did not ask him to sell everything

 

Why are we under the impression that the Lord wants us to get rid of everything? When I came to Jesus all I had was a stubborn determination not to let go, that helped me until I learned better.

          5. He left before he got the revelation (or even asked for it) – his sadness was produced by grief, which was produced by fear over the deep sense of loss he imagined he would have in not getting back what he sold.

 

What he should’ve done was ask the Lord what to sell and where to give it. It would’ve gone much better if he would’ve given it all over to the Lord and gave Him the responsibility of handling it. How many times have we walked away (or gone off) without having the whole story?

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