Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” – Mark 10:17
This was a young man in the prime of his life. He was rich, with all the honor, ease, distinction, and influence that wealth brings. He was a man of good reputation among his peers; for he was a ruler of the synagogue. His character was above reproach because he had carefully kept all the commandments. He was a lovable man, with many fine qualities, attractive and winning; for Jesus loved him when he saw him. Yet he was not satisfied. his heart-hunger was also very strong, driving him irresistibly to want to know Christ.
The question he asked Jesus was one of the most important he could have asked. Eternal life is the most glorious prize in the universe to be gained. It embraces all the blessings of salvation in this world, and then a place in the family of God for ever. It is no wonder this young man ran to ask Christ this question. It’s amazing that so few people think about doing the same. Men run to seek earth’s poor prizes, but they are slow in their pace when they are seeking eternal life.
It is a prize too which can be gained. It lies within the reach of every one. There is no one who may not receive it. It is a prize, however, that cannot be gained merely by doing anything. There is plenty of room for doing in the Christian life, but this is not the place for it. Eternal life cannot be gained by saying so many prayers, or fasting so many hours, or being baptized in a certain way, or joining a particular church, or by giving so much money to charity, or by any other kind of religious act or service. Eternal life is the gift of God; it is obtained through Jesus Christ. It is bestowed upon all who will accept it. The way to get it is to take Christ as Savior and Lord.