Most people want to do the right thing, don’t they? Still, many are oblivious to their failure in faith, even though they are anxious to accommodate (Mark 10:17). The confusion concerning faith in Christ is that Jesus’ love is such that it never demands. It’s unthinkable that He would bind any activity upon us that would require a response or sacrifice (Mark 10:19). However, if God does expect something from us, we would willingly comply, right (Mark 10:20)?
“What do I still lack,” a young man once asked (Matthew 19:20).He instinctively knew that he would never be so good that God would owe him salvation. Indeed, there will always be something lacking. However, the failing God-seeker is not one who realizes that something’s lacking, it’s one who believes that there’s no room for improvement. Now, while most would never admit to such arrogance, the proof is in the pudding: how does one react to growth challenges? The real amazing thing about this whole business of becoming God’s child is that, as long as our attitude is submissive, He rewards us in love with opportunities to improve (Romans 12:1-2). And, they are ever before us.
Jesus invited this young man to “sell whatever you have… and come, take up the cross, and follow Me” (Mark 10:21). He had two options: he could accept His instruction and continue to grow, or he could duck his head in disappointment and walk away. “But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Mark 10:22).
There will be a great many surprises in judgment at how high “covetousness” ranks on the list of those things that cause condemnation. “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).