Out of our Bible text this week (http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%2010%3A17-31/), let’s focus upon the man who comes to Jesus confident and goes away dis-heartened. Why did this happen?
The man was focused on what He could do to impress God or earn God’s favor (What must I do?). The Grace God gives is defined as ‘un-merited favor’. He was over-assured in what he could do and one concern with that type of thinking is it elevates us and doesn’t allow us to understand our need for God. That is over-assurance upon our own merit.
Over-assurance can lead us to denial. This man was so confident in his own law-keeping that he had blinded himself to his own sin and need for a Savior. You have seen this in sports or even in the workplace. We get so puffed up with our own success that we lose sight of our weaknesses. This is a dangerous place and a dangerous enemy to true assurance in Christ.
Over-assured people can be very prideful and that pride is hard to overcome. Rather than responding to Jesus in obedience, this man went away dis-heartened.
Here is a great verse to remember to help keep our focus on Christ. We can be bold and confident ‘in Him’ not ‘at Him’. The difference is our understanding of our relationship to Him. Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Is over-confidence or over-assurance and issue in your life? Are you guilty of being too reliant upon your own strength rather than Jesus’ sacrifice? Is a humbling process needed in areas of your heart so you can find true confidence and assurance in the only One who can give it - Jesus?