Day Two: Yes or No

Mark 10:17-22 (NIV) – As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

“The answer to the young man’s problem is – Jesus Christ…He stands face to face with Jesus, the Son of God: it is the ultimate encounter. It is now only a question of yes or no, of obedience or disobedience…The call to follow means here what it had meant before – adherence to the person of Jesus Christ and fellowship with him.  The life of discipleship is not the hero-worship we would pay to a good master, but obedience to the Son of God.” [Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, p.76]

Prayer: Lord, how much you love us, even that you would help identify in our lives that which stands in the way of our following of you! Lead us into true obedience to you today with the entirety of our lives – a yes to your invitation to follow you.

Let’s sing to this song, “One Thing” (Click here) by Hillsong.

– BW