Mark 10:21 Lacking One Thing

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.” Mark 10:21

It is the desire of many to have great wealth, treasures, along with long life. The golden dream is to have it all with eternal life.

People are willing to go to extreme lengths to get these things. For most people, most often wealth is just out of reach and eternal life is impossible to have on their own working. Yet people still seek both.

A wealthy man asked Jesus how to have eternal life. After saying that he followed the basic ten commandments, Jesus told him he still lacked one thing–to follow Him.

All the religions, that are man-made, have many rules on what to do or not do so that one might gain eternal life after death. People desire to earn their own way to eternal life.

This type of thinking is also common inside the church. Many are going to church, reading the bible, following the ten commandments, giving to the poor, but they are still lacking one thing–they are not following Jesus. These things are done to look good or to earn their way into heaven.

Following Jesus means one will give up his past and own ways of doing things. His focus will be to worship God, to be a witness for Jesus and to make and disciple new believers.

Jesus was all about building God’s kingdom. Too many believers focus on self, rather than upon God’s kingdom. They are not really following Jesus, except in word. Saying one is following Jesus is not the same as actually following Him and doing what He is doing and wants done.

Ask yourself what are you doing to gain eternal life?

Do not give up going to church, reading your bible and worshipping God. If fact, continue to do so even more. But, you must also make sure you are following Jesus. Do what Jesus would do, say what Jesus would say, go where Jesus would go, and be like Him in every area of your life.

As you give up your past and own life to God, He will give you an abundant life that will extend into eternal life.

Are you still lacking one thing? Then get it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will lack nothing in follow God; and that you will do God’s work on this earth.

Deuteronomy 28:9 What Is Your Reputation?

Following God

The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him. Deuteronomy 28:9

People are usually known by what they do. It is common for men, when talking to tell each other what they do for a job or career. For many people it is their job or career is what defines who they are, it becomes their reputation. Jobs or careers are what most people do with the majority of their time.

While there is nothing wrong with having a job or career, that is not really what make the person who they are. There is a grander, life-long description that describes a person. This can be seen in how they act and react to situations. It is seen in what their overall view of life is.

God had raised up the Israelites into a nation. All they had to do was keep the commands of God and obey Him. If they did that, God would establish them and set up their reputation as His holy people. They would belong to God and God would let the world know that.

Although believers no longer have to follow the law for salvation, God still desires His people to obey Him and follow Jesus. In the process of obeying God and following Jesus, every believer will be established on this earth as His holy people.

People will see the believer’s reputation as one who believes in God, obeys God, follows God. They will see the reputation of one who shows love, grace and mercy just as Jesus shows. People will talk about the reputation of the believer.

As a believer, you are a child of God. You are a part of His holy family. You have a family reputation to uphold. God is a holy, loving God, who is merciful and full of grace.

Obeying God, will put love, grace and mercy first in everything you do in this life. It will cause God to stand out front in your life. Your reputation will be established as one of God’s holy people. This is not ‘holy than thou’ but pure holiness, staying out of sin, holiness.

Going through life, you will establish a reputation. How you are known as? Are you known by your job, career, or accomplishments in this world?

Or are you known as a child of God, holy and pure?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will learn to obey all of God’s commands to you; that people will know you as a follower of Jesus; and that you not be ashamed of Jesus.