Specific Text - Mark 10:17-31
There's so much good stuff in chapter 10 that it's hard to narrow it down to just one thing to focus on, but we're going to spend some time thinking about the rich young man today. This is the guy who kept every rule there was, but was still looking for some other accomplishment that would guarantee his ticket to eternal life. Jesus called his bluff and told him to sell all he had and give to the poor, and, of course, the rich young man wouldn't do that.
But why wouldn't he do that? You might be quick to say that the young man's greed outweighed his love for Jesus, and while there's some truth to that, I think the young man has a bigger issue he needs to overcome. It has to be something more than greed, because Jesus actually appeals to his greed:
Go, sell everything you have & give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. - v21b
This young man is no fool - other gospel accounts refer to him as a rich young ruler. He knows a good deal when he sees one, and this is a pretty good deal. Trade your earthly goods, which will only last for a few decades, for eternal treasure in heaven. If greed was this young man's only problem, then he would immediately pounce on Jesus' offer.
What the young man is lacking is faith. He doesn't have sufficient trust in what Jesus is offering. He'd rather have the stuff he has now, even if it won't last long, than take a chance on trading it in for heavenly treasure.
Trusting in Jesus does take a tremendous amount of faith. It's hard to even imagine, much less describe, what heavenly treasure will be like, yet Jesus is asking you to put your trust and eternal security in Him rather than common sense things that you can see, touch and use right now.
Prayer for the day: Dear Father in heaven; You have given me so many good blessings; thank you for that. I pray that through your Spirit you would give me the faith I need to look past my stuff and trust fully in you and your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name I pray, Amen.