Jesus looked at the man. Jesus felt love for him. Jesus said, "There is still one more thing you need to do. Go and sell everything you have. Give the money to the poor people. You will have a reward in heaven. Then come and follow me."
— Mark 10:21 NLT
Jesus had genuine love and compassion for this man. He was so close. He was headed in the right direction. But, Jesus wanted his heart to yield and not just his actions. So he called him to do what is hardest—the "one thing" he lacked. Could you do this? What is the one thing you lack?
O Father, please don't let greed, love for money, or my desire for things block me from totally surrendering my heart to you. I want to be yours—heart, soul, mind, and strength. I want to be like you—holy, righteous, compassionate, and generous. Humble me gently and conform me completely so that my stubborn will is completely yielded to your will. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Luke 14:33-35
- Matthew 6:19-21
- 1 Timothy 6:17-19
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.