No, it’s not a river in Egypt…Denial is a very big problem that can really hinder your spiritual progress. In our Bible text today (Mark 10:17-23), focus in on these few verses:
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.”
For those of you that are trying to do something to earn the ‘good graces’ of God please understand that the only thing you need to do is come and follow Jesus. Before Jesus would tell them man that very truth He was going to help him understand his need. Jesus did that by quoting some of the basic commandments of the law. Scripture is clear that we have all sinned and that the law helps us understand that. Read Romans 3:20 here: For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Sadly, the man hears the law and is in so much denial that he states that he has kept ‘all of it from his youth’. Wow. It must be nice to be perfect! Denial always creates confusion and can keep you from so many things. Here, denial keeps this man from receiving God’s grace because his law-keeping was enough. Also, denial keeps him from having an honest conversation because of his unwillingness to listen.
The Gospel Truth is that we have a desperate need for a Savior. If denial prevents us from recognizing that need then we think we need nothing. That keeps us in a false self-sufficiency that keeps us out of God’s Kingdom. You don’t want that. Be honest with God and yourself today.