One thing is lacking...

From Pastor Miguel...            translated from Spanish by Pam Bridgehouse


One thing is lacking…   Mark 10:17-22

Mark 10:21     And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."


     The encounter of this man with Jesus was exciting.  First, he came running, and knelt before Him and asked the question that possibly many were asking in their own mind: What must I do to be saved?

Jesus did not hesitate to ask him about the commandments.

     God, through Moses, had given the commandments to keep the people of Israel from their inclinations to have other gods, and so they would have mutual respect for one another, and to stop the evil inclinations of sinful human nature.

      As a good Jew, the man says he has kept all the commandments from his youth, and this is commendable.  So Jesus pats him on the shoulder and tells him, “This you have done.”  But now Jesus puts his finger on the center of his feelings, where we keep to ourselves the truth of what we are, not what we have done, but what we really feel and what we really love.

     “One thing is lacking.  Sell all you have and give it to the poor.”  The Bible says that the young man went away sad because he had great possessions.  The question arises, where was his heart: in his possessions, or in God?  Getting rid of your possessions is no easy thing, especially when they are the product of much hard work and effort. But, tell me, is one not capable of doing out of love?

     The great man Job comes to mind, who, in spite of his terrible situation did not blaspheme against God.  Also, Abraham, of whom God asked the most precious thing in his life, his only son; although it seemed crazy, he did not hesitate in doing it.  Jesus sums up the first commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind (Matthew 22:37). For the love of God from the bottom of his heart, Job, after losing everything, did not blaspheme against God.  Out of love Abraham did not refuse to sacrifice his own son to God (Genesis 22).

    God is not unjust.  To Job He gave double what he had lost. Abraham was at the point of sacrificing his son to God, when God stopped him, but he had demonstrated his faithfulness.

Is there something that keeps us from loving and obeying God?

Is there something more important in our life than loving God ?

     In our case, we are responsible for what we are, and I hope that there may be many like these men who did not put obstacles before their love, service, and faithfulness to God.


Prayer: Lord God Almighty, may our priority in life be loving and serving You with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength.  Amen.