Daily Archives: March 6, 2012

Exodus 21,22; Mark 10:1-31

Mark 10 (NIV)

5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.

15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Jesus once again sets the bar a little higher.  He explains that the law is less restrictive than what God actually intended for us because our hearts were hard and we can’t live up to the high standards of God.   He shows that no one is worthy of being called Good except God alone.  People need to die to self, become child like, to receive God’s Kingdom.  Jesus once again pointed out the difficulty of finding God’s Kingdom when you are chasing after wealth and material things.  It left his disciples (Jesus referred to them as children) feeling like it was probably impossible to find access to the Kingdom.  Jesus points out that it would be impossible for us but God can make it work.  It’s good to know that God has a plan.

I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to get ahead, trying to make more money, trying to collect more stuff.  I’ve been so caught up in what I could accomplish, that I pushed God into the periphery of my life.  My heart was hard.  I didn’t even try to involve God in my daily living.  The Kingdom was far away from me.  Life  got difficult, God lead me back to the one who is Good.  I work daily on becoming child like.  The Kingdom no longer feels so far away.  Praise God that he has a plan for us!  Praise God that he made a way for us to be saved! Praise God for JESUS!

Prayer:

Father thank you for the wonderful works you do in my life.  Thank you for the plan you have for my life.  Thank you for providing a way for me to have access to your Kingdom.  Thank you for allowing me to know your Son.  Help me to seek You constantly.  Continue to show me your love, grace, and mercy, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ed (edsorrell)

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