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  • Seeking and Following

    1 posts, 1 voices, 446 views, started Aug 9, 2011

    Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by Denise Richardson

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      Mark 10:17-31, 46-52  

      In Mark 10, we follow the lives of two men. Financially they couldn't be more different. Spiritually they have much in common. Their stories teach us much.  

      One is a rich man who has all his physical needs met (Mark 10:22); the other is a blind man who must beg for his food (10:46). The rich man approaches Jesus with ease; the poor man shouts over the crowds to be heard (vv.47-48). The rich man falls to his knees and asks for eternal life (v.17); the poor man sits on his mat, begging for mercy (v.47). One is loved (v.21); the other affirmed (v.49). Both get to spend time with the Master.

      Jesus talks to the rich man about obeying the Law. "I've obeyed all these commandments since I was young," the man replies (v.20). Jesus asks the poor man what he wants, and gets this answer: "My Rabbi, . . . I want to see!" (v.51). The first man is told to sell all that he has and give to the poor—a command he considers too hard (vv.21-22). The second man, in contrast, throws aside his only coat (v.50) and soon experiences miraculous healing (v.52). The rich man is told to "go" sell his possessions, but declines (vv.21-22); the poor man is told to "go" in faith, and follows (v.52). The rich man leaves sad; the poor man becomes a disciple.
      Many lessons emerge from these two stories—namely, that wealth can be an idol that keeps us from God (v.25). But note the similarities again: Both men had a need, both thought Jesus held the answer, and both received His love. But only one man relinquished his life to follow Jesus.

      Jesus loves us all. The tragedy is this: His love for us doesn't guarantee our love for Him in return. Let's do more than simply seek Him—let's follow Him.

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