Not Far From The Kingdom

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross.” – Mark 10:21


Jesus loves every one, but there was something in this young man that specially drew out His affection. He saw in him many likeable qualities, many elements of beauty of character, many things that by divine grace could be developed into the man God intended him to be. There are many thoughts suggested by this statement. Here are a few of them:

  1. Christ loves those who are not His disciples — some people think He only loves those who have begun to love Him.
  2. Christ is deeply interested in every young person  — He beholds the possibilities in every young life.
  3. He sees lovable things even in the unsaved — but amiable qualities are not enough to save you.

Our Lord‘s answer to the young man’s question is very instructive. What is the one thing apart from all which we can do for ourselves by obedience and cultivation of character, that makes us a Christian? It is important to be able to answer this question, for it is often asked. A friend of yours might say: “I live as well as Christians do. I attend church; I keep the commandments; I am kind to my family and generous to the needy and poor; I live conscientiously in all things. What more do I need to do?”

How should we answer your friend? Shall we tell them to sell his home or his property and give all he has to the poor? Was that the one essential thing in Jesus’ counsel to this young man? No. The essential thing was to follow Christ; the selling and giving away were merely components of this. The young mans heart was attached to his wealth, and the “one thing” was to take Christ instead of his wealth. So you should answer your friend by telling him that he must accept Christ as his Savior and Lord, that he must lay his money and all that he has at Christ’s feet, to be used only for Him and as He directs, and must take Christ as his only need for ever.

Apply This To Your Life Today… Is Christ all you need, or have you added other things to your list of requirements in life?

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