Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Youths: Inheritors of FaithMark 10:17-22
You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. (Mk 10:21)
Jesus challenged the young man in two ways. First, he asked him, “Are you burdened and tied down?” The young man didn’t realize he was burdened. He thought that by keeping the commandments, he was drawing nearer to God. The commandments provided him a false sense of spiritual security in the same way that his wealth provided him a false sense of physical security. Now the Messiah stood before the young man and challenged him to give up the false security of his rituals and wealth.
Jesus then asked him a second question, “Are you willing to let go of the burden?” Jesus asked him to choose the true security that comes from serving God and allow God to provide for his needs. If he had stayed to listen to Jesus, he would’ve heard the words of advice that he gave to his disciples: “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible. (Mk 10:27)” Those who trust in the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ do not have to fear what tomorrow may hold. Those who trust in Christ do not have to fear what happens once our time on this world is over.
What will inspire you today? Dear friends, look no further than the challenge of the cross. Jesus said, “Come, follow me.” That is the challenge to all Christians today. May the Holy Spirit guide you to take up the cross and follow Jesus, knowing that salvation belongs to God and it is given
to you freely.
Heavenly Father, teach us to look to your Son, Our Savior Jesus Christ as the source of true salvation. Help us to carry His cross, which offers true security and the courage to love as He loved. Amen.
Rev. Jeswin John
Vicar, St. John’s MTC Michigan