A Spiritual Story




Mark 10:17-22

A rich man ran to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He bowed before Him.

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He ran because he sensed the urgency of his need.

He bowed because he treated the Lord Jesus Christ with honor.

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But sincerity alone was not enough to save his soul.

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Besides, he had some misconceptions that must be dealt with before that could happen.

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He had a faulty understanding of salvation.

He wanted to do something to inherit eternal life.

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He had a faulty understanding of self.

He wanted to involve self-effort.

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He had a faulty understanding of the Savior.

He called the Lord Jesus Christ good teacher.

He failed to see that He is God.

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He was made to discover that he was poor spiritually.

He could not buy what his soul needed.

He couldn't buy everlasting life!

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He was made to discover that he was a lost sinner in need of a Savior!

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He was made to discover that he was a prisoner.

He thought he owned a lot of things.

He discovered that his things had owned him!

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He discovered that the Lord Jesus Christ was patient with him.

He had taken the time to meet him just where he was and lead him gently to the place of decision.

He had done so with kind eyes and a compassionate heart.

He was made to discover that the Lord Jesus Christ loved him and wanted to save him!

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He discovered that the Lord Jesus was plain with him.

He told him all the truth.

He told him "One thing you lack."

He did not dispute the fact that he had kept the letter of the Law.

He merely told him that with all his possessions, there was still one thing missing!

He had no relationship with God!

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He discovered that the Lord Jesus Christ was precise.

He told him to liquidate his possessions.

He told him to take up his cross.

He told him to follow Him.

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But he chose darkness over light.

He walked away from the only hope of salvation he had.

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And he chose defeat over liberty.

He left trapped in the prison of materialism.

He walked away from the offer of life and liberty from his prison.

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And he chose death over life.

He walked away turning his back on the only one who could have saved his soul!

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We don't know how this man's story turned out.

He might have walked off into the continued darkness of his life.

Eventually he might walked into the darkness of Hell forever.

Is that how we want it?

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