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Mark 10 and the Christian Heart (2)

August 18, 2009

The passage in Mark 10 on the children coming to Jesus (10:13-16) displays the need for the Christian heart to recognize its needfulness and full dependence upon the grace of God – like a child is needful of its parents.  Mark 10:17-31 also something very significant about the Christians heart.  It is the passage on the rich young man.

The rich man asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (v. 17).  Jesus basically tells to follow the Law.  Interestingly, the man does not say, “I already do that” and simply go on his way thinking he already has his inheritance.  Rather, he knows there is more and looks to Jesus for an exaplanation.  Jesus responds, “You lack one thing: go sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow me.”  The rich young man went away grieved, for he had many possessions.

Why is it so difficult for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of heaven?  This passage says something similiar about the Christian heart that the previous passage says about receiving the kingdom of God like a child.  The rich young man did not see himself as needy, nor did he want to be.  He was, in his mind, self-sufficient.

But this passage says something further about the Christian heart.  Jesus explains, our treasure and affections are not found here in this world, but in heaven.  For the Christian have an over-riding affection that lies in God and his kingdom.

The heart that is rich in itself is deceived into thinking that he has all things by his competency and power, rather than from his Creator.  May we follow Jesus, by whom we were created and given all things, and by whom we receive grace upon grace to our needy heart.

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