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Mark 10:17-45 – Rivals to God’s Kingdom: Meditative Musing for Dec 9

In two stories, Mark tells of rivals to God’s Kingdom – wealth and power. Each tempts us to turn away from God’s Kingdom.

The young man had it all: morality, wealth, position, and youth. Yet, something was missing. He asked Jesus what he lacked. He needed only one thing.

He needed to love God more than money. Unwilling to leave wealth, he left Jesus – sorrowfully.

Jesus, also sorrowfully, responded, “How difficult it will be for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” This shocked the disciples. After Jesus strengthened his statement by saying it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom, they asked, “Who can be saved.” He replied, “With man it is impossible, but not with God.”

After Jesus announced a third time He would be killed and rise again, two apostles asked Him for power when He came in His kingdom, places already prepared for undisclosed others. Their lust for power received indignant response from the other disciples, so Jesus had to let all of them know again kingdom greatness comes only through servitude, not by “lording it over” others as the Gentile rulers do.

His kingdom would be different, for even Jesus Himself did not come to be served but to serve – and to give His life as a ransom for many.

Do we walk in His steps? What do we want most? Wealth? Power? Or God’s kingdom and righteousness?


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