Gospel of Mark Chapter Ten (Part Two)
Introduction: A key idea in the Gospel of Mark is that Jesus is the servant of God. Today, we hope to discuss Jesus' preaching/teaching on eternal life.
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Read Mark 10:17-31
H. His Preaching in Perea. 3. Concerning Eternal Life. In these verses in the Gospel of Mark, a rich man wanted to follow Jesus. Jesus told him to sell his stuff, give the money to the poor, and then he could follow. The rich man and disciples were perplexed. Jesus assured His disciples that serving the Lord would pay off.
- God is the source of all good. Notice in vss. 17-18 the teaching about God being the source of all good. Apparently the young man was trying to flatter Jesus. He did not have a sense of Jesus being God the Son. Jesus sets the record straight. Only God is good and therefore the source of all good.
When we really understand this, we will not be as disappointed with people who prove to be bad. We will also stop idolizing people whom God uses for our good for a season. Let's remind ourselves that God is the source of all that is good. Treat people right, but worship only God.
- Godliness and loving people. Notice in vs. 19 of this chapter in the Gospel of Mark how the commandments mentioned are concerned with treating people right. Murder, adultery, lying, and lack of honor are all ways of mistreating people. By extension, these are ways of disobeying God, since God is the source of the commands.
A religion that is only between the religious person and God is a far cry from the Christian religion. To be a mature Christian is inseparable from treating people with love and respect. You can be religious, without love, but not a disciple of Christ.
Let's work on loving God enough that we obey His commandments to love and treat people right. It is an oxymoron for one to claim to be a Christian but not into all of that "love stuff."
- Godly attitudes towards wealth. Notice in vss. 21-23 of this chapter in the Gospel of Mark the teachings regarding wealth. First, where your treasurers are indicates where your heart is. The man's heart was in being wealthy with some religion. It was not in being sold out for God.
Second, there is no teaching in the Bible that says all rich people have to sell their stuff and give it to the poor. However, there is strong teaching about how to whom much is given, much is required. The more God blesses us the more we should be a blessing to others.
Third, you can be a saved rich person like those in I Timothy 6:17-19. In fact, there should be more saved rich people in America. If our young people would get focused, they could position themselves to put $300 a month into an 8% a year investment system from ages 25 to 65.
This would give them $1 million at age 65 without regard to any other retirements or Social Security. A good way for a young person to do this is get some post secondary preparation (i.e., after high school – college, trade school, etc.) in something they love to do and pays at least $40,000 a year.
Give God 10%, pay yourself 10%, and live on 80%. As you get raises, you can stay with the formula and speed up the day when you will have $1 million or simply stay at the $300 a month. Let's work on developing a godlier attitude towards wealth.
Some go too far to one side and make wealth into their god. And some go too far to the other side and sanctify poverty. Being a generous rich Christian is godlier than either of these options.
- God and impossibility. Notice in vs. 27 of this chapter in the Gospel of Mark the idea that God can do what is impossible for people. We give reason too much value and God too little value, when we think that something is impossible simply because we cannot see how it is going to work out.
God is so much bigger, smarter, and more powerful than we know. Let's learn to trust Him more, even with those things that seem impossible to us. Prayerful study of God's word and obedience to it, with the support of others will help us develop this kind of trust.
- Titles and maturity. Notice in vss. 24, 26 of this chapter in the Gospel of Mark that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was talking about. Title and seniority are not necessary indicators of spiritual maturity or discernment.
The best way to grow in the Lord and improve our discernment is to prayerful study and obey God's word with the support of other believers striving to do the same thing. Let's work on being mature disciples with discernment.
- Serving the Lord pays off. Notice in vss. 28-31 the teaching about serving the Lord will pay off. Great big God is not going to allow little you and me to outdo Him. The more we do for God, the more He does for us.
First, God has already done more for us than we will ever be able to repay. What can we possibly render in exchange for His Son, Holy Spirit, and sovereign plan?
Second, God can bless us with not only stuff – cash, cars, houses, cloths, etc., but He can also bless us with peace of mind, joy in our heart, and hope that goes beyond what we can see. These things are not appreciated until they are missing.
Third, God can and will bless His people with eternal life. Let's remind ourselves that serving the Lord will pay off. These reminders should move us to more faithful service.
Our lack of registered reachers, lack of trained discipled leaders, and apathy towards doing greater work for the Lord contradicts our affirming that we know that serving the Lord will pay off.
Conclusion: Let's work on being servants of God. God has much for those who obey His will.
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