Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. – Mark 10:21-22
Our souls crave wholeness. Within us, at the core of our desires we know there is something more.
That is why a man described as having “great wealth” was found running up to Jesus, falling at his feet, and begging to know what was the “something more” he needed.
Knowing what is within all of us, Jesus does tell the man what the one thing is. As you can read in the passage above, Jesus focused on the misalignment of the man’s heart. This person at the feet of Jesus had his identity and dignity rooted in his wealth. Unwilling to release his grip on his financials, the man went away sad.
All of us sense there is more. This hunger expresses itself as loneliness, anxiety, exhaustion, stress, inadequacy, etc. These are the symptoms that we attempt to relieve.
The attitude that this man had is within all of us. Growing as disciples requires us to develop an ever deepening awareness of what we are clinging to besides Jesus.
Jesus treats us in the same way. He shines the mirror on us and says “you want _______________ more than you want me.”
And you may be going away sad saying “why can’t I have both?”
We can fill in that blank with almost anything: relationships, sex, money, work, raising kids, leisure, power, church growth…
It can be confusing when we want to fill in the blank with things that are good and seem godly. But when used as a substitute for Jesus those things lose their goodness and godliness and become wicked.
What is causing you to go away sad? To what are your clinging to that is impeding your discipleship? What do you think in unrealistic for Jesus to ask you to set aside?
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