“Go sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” Mark 10:21-27 NLT
Mark 10:27 is such a familiar verse to me. God has used it in my life to speak hope to my soul. But, I don’t remember if I have read the entire passage before. It puts it in a whole new light. It makes me question what I am treasuring. What am I holding onto that won’t fulfill me?What is hindering me from fully following Him?
“God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. Everyone listened quietly as Barnabas and Paul told about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.” Acts 15:8-12 NLT
What is my faith in?
“Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi, “the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.” Mark 10:46-52 NLT
The blind man continued to follow Jesus after he could see. I can picture him walking the rest of his days with Jesus. Because he knew that He is the only place where true healing could be found. I don’t think he was thinking about what he was giving up, but what he gained. Not only his eyesight, but Jesus.
Dear Father, please forgive me when my heart is far from you. I am reminded of a song that says, “There is nothing better than You.” I want to sing that and believe it, but sometimes I have to tell it to my heart. You are worthy. Amen.