(High Standards)

Mark 10:17-23, is about a man who appeared to be upright in the eyes of men, asking Jesus how he could make it to heaven. He eventually missed the mark and here are a few lessons we can derive from his story:

1. Human standards are not God’s standards.

Upon seeing Jesus, the rich man called him “Good Teacher” to which he replied; “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Mark 10:18).

The rich man had just seen Jesus interact and bless a group of children. By human standards, this is considered good; however, it is not a prerequisite for eternal life.

2. Salvation is not obtained from a list of checked boxes.

In explaining to the rich man how to secure eternal life, Jesus reminded him of the commandments of Moses to which he quickly responded; “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” (Mark 10:20)

Jesus immediately raised the bar, teaching us that you can’t simply check a list of boxes to enter into heaven. Many believers today have reduced their walk with God to a set of rules they are to follow rather than a day to day relationship.

3. Be willing to sacrifice earthly treasure for heavenly gain.

“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 10:21)

Let us not be too quick to judge this man. It is innately human to be protective of resources you have worked to acquire. Bible scholars have argued whether Jesus meant this literally? However the revelation here is this, do not put material things over Kingdom and heavenly matters.

There will be times where you may have to sacrifice the things you love and have worked for, just to maintain your standing with God. In those moments I pray you make the right decision, unlike the rich man.

God bless you.

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