In Mark 10:17-27, we meet a man who is a lot like us. For one thing, he has clearly been through the part of the spiritual journey where a person discovers faith. He has not only woken up to the reality of a God in the universe, but he has come to the belief that Jesus can lead him into a deeper encounter with this God. Verse 17 says that as Jesus started on his way, [this] man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. Talk about someone on an intentional journey! Here is a person who is willing to put on his running shoes to follow Jesus. But not only is he willing to run after Jesus. He is willing to humble himself and fall on his knees before Jesus, hoping to find the riches of the spiritual life.
It turns out, however, that this man has moved even further along in the spiritual journey than just discovering faith. He has spent considerable time nurturing faith. In verse 19, we see that the young man knows all the commandments. He has apparently gone to plenty of worship services and Bible studies. He has memorized the Scriptures and practiced the prayers. He has mastered the core beliefs, the disciplines, the group commitments. And it's not just head knowledge for him. "Teacher," he declares in verse 20, "all these [commandments] I have kept since I was a boy." In other words: "Jesus, I've refrained from killing my kids or stepping out on my wife—even when I felt like it. I'm not ripping anybody off or lying and gossiping like some other people do. I'm honest in my business dealings. I've taken good care of mom and dad." So, this young man has progressed to acting out his faith.
This young man has the basic "DNA" of the spiritual life. He has discovered faith, nurtured faith, and is acting out his ...
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Whatever it is that keeps you focused on you instead of on me and the life of my kingdom, sell it, give it away to people who might actually need it. For then you'll actually be able to come and follow me.