From Temporary to Eternal

Series: At the Movies | Week 2: A Rich Life

Read Mark 10:17-22 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


  1. How did the man approach Jesus?
  2. What emotion did Jesus show him?
  3. Why did the man leave saddened?


The man in this story is often referred to as the rich young ruler. He had everything you could want on earth, but deep down, he had a longing for more. This led him to Jesus, whose answer wasn’t one he wanted to hear. He was chasing after his great material wealth, and Jesus wanted him to shift his focus to eternal treasures.

Jesus’ words here aren’t a command to every believer to rid themselves of all possessions but rather a warning that following Him will require putting Him first. What He offers is eternal life, which is worth infinitely more than any material wealth we could acquire. When we chase after Jesus instead of earthly things, we’ll be required to sacrifice, but what we’ll gain will be worth it.

What are you chasing now? Is it something temporary that won’t last, or is it eternal? How can you fix more of your focus on Jesus this week? Who in your life needs the encouragement that following Him is worth any sacrifice He asks of us?


Pray through these questions, and write down what God is prompting you to do next. Share with a friend, and take a step to apply it.


During At the Movies, each week we’ll focus on remembering what we read. If you’re new to memorizing Scripture, start by looking at one section of one verse to remember this week.

Read John 10:10 again to remember. If you want to begin by memorizing just part of it, start with this phrase:

“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

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