Happy Snow day! In today's reading we find Jesus in discourse with a man of great wealth about what is required for salvation, to discover the greatest obstacle to finding and walking in Jesus are often times, the things that we value most. These daily posts are designed to help you move from knowledge about Jesus to becoming like Jesus. Allow the questions of application to move beyond theory into your life by taking risks in response to Jesus as He empowers you through His Spirit to change you.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions)
_ What is one thing in your life that you undervalue? What is one thing that you overvalue?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 10.17-31 ] 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 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.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What question does the man ask in vs. 17?
_ How does Jesus answer him in vs. 19-21?
_ How does the man respond in vs. 22?
_ What is Jesus conclusion in vs. 23-25?
_ How do the disciples respond to this teaching in vs. 26?
_ What is Jesus response in vs. 27?
_ According to Jesus what inhibits us from eternal life?
_ What is your definition of sin?
_ What good news does this teach when we face impossibilities?
+ HOW am I called to confess sin and respond to what I learned today? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_ Confessing that I, like the rich man, love some area of my life (wealth, pride, people, things, work, relationship, children) more than Jesus.
_ Responding by fasting (from that thing) or removing that thing from my life.
+ WHO is in your world with that you are walking with that you might pass along what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
The purpose of The Daily is to encourage growth in our affection for Jesus. It is a practical guide for you and as you walk with others (your groups) to grow in or discover Jesus. A portion of this weeks readings will be taught on this Sunday at Downtown Hope's gathering- look forward to seeing you there as we continue to join Jesus vision for the world!