The Cost

Daily reading: Mark 10:17-31
Monday February 15, 2016

Focus passage: As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” Mark 10:17

The rich man asks Jesus one question, “What must I do to obtain eternal life?”
This man knows there is something lacking in his life.  He knows that even though he has gone through the motions of faithfulness, it hasn’t really seeped into his life.  He knows that he is missing something, something important, something that matters, yet honestly he wasn’t ready for the response he got from Jesus.   Jesus is able to diagnosis in a matter of moments the distortion that has taken place in this man’s life and offers to him a viable solution that will allow him to find what is lacking or missing in this life, but the cost is too high.

Maybe that is what makes us uncomfortable with the passage, because we don’t want to have to let go in order to fully follow.  We want to be able to control what we let go of.  We hope for an answer that is easy and perhaps overlooked, not one that is challenging.

What then might Jesus ask of me, we wonder?  What do I lack?  And we wonder do we really want to know?

Prayer:  God help me to let go of the situations and possessions that keep me from fully embracing and loving you and my neighbor.  Amen.


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