To lead into this Sunday’s Bible text we will conclude our time in Mark 10:17-23 by looking at verse 23:
And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
Have you ever seen someone be turned away or disciplined that was obviously ‘successful’ in terms of education or business or athletics? Sometimes we see people fail or fall short, that we deem as better than us, and that leaves us with a question. If they aren’t good enough then what about me?
The rich, young man has went away discouraged because he thought he had ‘what it takes’ to get into heaven in his own strength. The system of measurement of that day said you were to be a law keeper and that if you were wealthy then God was certainly smiling upon you.
However, Jesus was clarifying that this was man’s view and not God’s view. God’s view looks upon the heart and specifically looks upon the choice to follow God by accepting His Love thru His Son - Jesus Christ. The rich, young man wasn’t good enough and neither were the disciples and neither am I and neither are you. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9 ESV)