Our Daily Bread -- Knowing and Doing
May 31, 2016
Read: Mark 10:17-27
Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 13-14; John 12:1-26
With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God. —Mark 10:27
Chinese philosopher Han Feizi made this observation about life: “Knowing the facts is easy. Knowing how to act based on the facts is difficult.”
A rich man with that problem once came to Jesus. He knew the law of Moses and believed he had kept the commandments since his youth (Mark 10:20). But he seems to be wondering what additional facts he might hear from Jesus. “ ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ” (v. 17).
Jesus’ answer disappointed the rich man. He told him to sell his possessions, give the money to the poor, and follow Him (v. 21). With these few words Jesus exposed a fact the man didn’t want to hear. He loved and relied on his wealth more than he trusted Jesus. Abandoning the security of his money to follow Jesus was too great a risk, and he went away sad (v. 22).
What was the Teacher thinking? His own disciples were alarmed and asked, “Who then can be saved?” He replied, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” (v. 27). It takes courage and faith. “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9). —Poh Fang Chia
God, thank You for the good news of Jesus. Give us the courage to act on what we know to be true, and to accept the salvation offered through Jesus.
Thank You that You will give us the strength to act on the facts.
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31
INSIGHT: The rich young ruler (Matt. 19:20; Luke 18:18) believed he had earned his place in heaven (Mark 10:19-20). But Jesus revealed that the young man had put his trust in material things (vv. 21-22) and that salvation is obtained when we love God first and trust in Jesus only (v. 21). Sim Kay Tee
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