It's not about what we can do (Mark 10:17-30)

In Mark 10:17-22 we see a young man run up to Jesus, drop to his knees, and ask “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus tells him to obey the commandments, and the young man says “Yes, I already do that.”  Jesus does not argue with him.  Instead, it says that he looked at him and loved him. This young man was a good young man. He was living a good life, following the rules the way he was supposed to. Jesus continues, “Go sell everything you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in Heaven; then come follow me.” The young “went away sad, for he had many possessions.”

The Apostles, seeing this exchange, despair “Then who can be saved?”  Jesus replies, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Let’s take a closer look at this story. The young man begins by asking Jesus a question that a lot of modern-day Christians are asking as well, “What must I do?” Do you see the problem? The position he is taking with the Lord is “how do I earn this inheritance? What can I do? Me, me, me.” That is not how this works.

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