THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 10:17-23
“How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23)
The door to God’s kingdom is open wide, but not everyone wants the life it represents.
God cannot change the kingdom to accommodate our unhealthy desires and values.
This man did not want to let go of his greed and lack of compassion.
He wanted the hope of salvation, but not the life of salvation.
God’s kingdom is the only truly happy, fulfilling, joyful and peaceable way to live.
It would not be God’s kingdom if greed, selfishness, pride, etc. were in it.
True repentance is recognizing that my heart as it is does not fit into God’s kingdom.
To repent is to hate our sinful nature, and to genuinely seek God for mercy and help.
Jesus makes it clear that the door is wide open, for those who truly want it.
C.S. Lewis tells a parable about some people from hell who get a chance to go to heaven.
When they get there, they hate what they see (pure love, joy, peace, etc.) and leave.
If we truly want the God Life (life in the kingdom), we will pursue it now.
The doors to the kingdom are open wide; it is our own hearts that make it hard to enter in!
God and Jesus watch with sadness when we turn away because we prefer our own way.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, we show our true heart by what we pursue here and now. Help me to pursue heavenly treasure, a treasure that will last.