Our Next Guest Is: A Wealthy Man

Series: Our Next Guest | Week 7: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark

Day Four Mark 10:17-31

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’”

20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

1. What stands out to you about the man’s question in verse 17?
2. How many of the Ten Commandments does Jesus quote to the man in verses 18-19?
3. What does Jesus tell His disciples they will receive for giving up everything to follow Him (verse 30)?

Jesus takes an opportunity to teach His disciples another mind-blowing truth about the type of kingdom He came to bring. Wealth would have been a sure sign to them that a person was automatically blessed and part of God’s Kingdom. But according to Jesus, wealth can bring a false satisfaction, making it hard to see a need for Him. A true follower would be willing to give up his wealth, closest relationships, and even face persecution for Jesus. What earthly possessions or relationships would be hardest for you to give up if God asked you to do so? Pray today that He would deepen your satisfaction in Him alone.

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