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.

Mark 10:21 How To Get Eternal Life

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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

A man came up to Jesus wanting to know what it takes to get eternal life. After telling him to obey all of the commandments, He then tells him to sell everything and follow Him.

People often look at the idea of the man having to sell everything, but forget about the second part of following Jesus. Being poor does not mean a person is following Jesus. Wealth does not guarantee that a person is following or not following Jesus.

In order for a person to follow Jesus, he must put Jesus first above everything else in this life. Many people are more concerned about self and provision, then they are about following Jesus. Jesus will not lead any person into sin or selfishness. His entire focus is on saving every person in this world and pleasing His Father.

Getting eternal life is more than just saying a simple ‘sinner’s prayer.’ It is living a life that is pleasing to God. It is living life in the same way Jesus lived His.

Admission of sin, repenting of that sin and accepting what Jesus has done is only the first steps of following Him. Following Jesus means doing what He would do, saying what He would say and carrying out His mission in this world.

In order to do that, many people must give up something in their life. In this verse, the man had to give up great wealth. His wealth would be a great distraction to following Jesus.

As you go through this life, you must be willing to give up anything and everything that distracts you from following Jesus. You must live your life in a way that you can hear and see what God is doing at all times, so that you can be following Him and doing those things as well.

Do you see when Jesus makes a turn in the road? Or when He suddenly stops for a moment?

If you do not see those things, maybe there is something distracting you from following Him. Remove those things and keep your eyes on Him. In this way you will gain eternal life. Follow Jesus with all your life.

I pray today that you will be a servant of Jesus; that you will turn from all things of this world to follow Him; that you will hear His directions for your life; and that you will be faithful to God with all of your life.