• New Hope Church

2021_08_20 Insight Post- Becky Coram

In the Gospels, there are several accounts of different people approaching Jesus, asking what they must do to inherit eternal life. Mark 10:17 presents a powerful, rich young man earnestly seeking Jesus; while Luke 10:25-37 contrasts with a proud, professional rule keeper, seeking to justify himself. (vs 29). Interestingly, though their question to Him is identical, Jesus answers them in two completely different ways. One might argue that a simple, consistent answer could’ve been called for. So…what was Jesus up to? Jesus already knows the innermost thoughts, desires, motives and heart of both men. In engaging with them, He is working to reveal to them their inner worlds… to expose their commitments to making life work “their own way”, apart from Him (Isaiah 53:6), which the Bible calls sin. To the rich young man, He reveals how he is wrapping his life around the accumulation of wealth (plus its power & prestige), all for himself. For the “Keeper of the Rules” (wink!) He uses an incredibly powerful story to expose that rule keeping is not the path to life, and that loving your neighbor includes those who you would much rather judge than actively & compassionately care for. Our sinful commitments to make life work “our own way” apart from God are as individual and varied as those crazy, buffet salad bars from 10 to 15 years ago – – every color, flavor and weird texture imaginable! Even after fully committing our lives to Him and becoming Christians, we can still stray as sheep do, wrapping our hearts and lives around things that parade as life-giving, but are completely fraudulent. Jesus says in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.

Let’s help each other stay alert, asking the Holy Spirit to help us “detect and hate our sin” (Psalm 36:2), and to not settle for anything less than the full & abundant life that He offers.