What Jesus Did! 'Sadly Away' — Mark 10:21-22

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Looking at the man [who said he had kept all the commandments], Jesus felt genuine love for him. "There is still one thing you haven't done," he told him. "Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

At this the man's face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

— Mark 10:21-22 NLT

Key Thought

The Bible has heart-wrenching stories of men and women who came to know the will of the Lord and yet they were not willing to respond because something was holding them back. I'm sure you know someone — that someone may even be you — who has something holding him or her back from totally surrendering to the will and grace of God. Please pray for that person today. While we cannot ensure that such people will ever respond to God's offer of grace. We can pray that that God will lovingly confront them with a decision to accept his will, or know if they refuse his will, that they have chosen to reject the call of God.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God Almighty, I confess that there are times when I want you to reveal yourself more forcefully to friends of mine who will not surrender to your grace, but I know you will not overpower their wills. I know that you want our hearts to submit willingly and not in a forced, coerced, or manipulated and shallow response to your offer of salvation in Jesus. So please use me and my influence to be a helpful, tender, and clear example to my friends who have not decided to follow your Son. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:1-2
  • Acts 26:24-29
  • John 5:35-40


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Illustration of Mark 10:21-22 NLT — "There is still one thing you haven't done,"   ——   "Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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