Have you ever had an appointment that changed the course of your life? What about a missed opportunity that you can never go back to correct?
One cannot help but remember an event that took place in the Bible. Jesus had been teaching the people when a young man came to Him with a question. “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17). This is an important question for each person to ask. He had the right question. Read Jesus’ reply, “ And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God” (Mark 10:18). Jesus was making a point. The man recognized Jesus as a great man and a good teacher, but he had not acknowledged that Jesus was God. That makes all of the difference! Jesus asked this young man about the commandments (for people understood that God expects people to obey His commands). Jesus began to list from the Ten Commandments. “Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother” (Mark 10:19). Each of these has to do with an outward duty as opposed to a change of an inward nature. They deal with people’s relationship with one another. Do you notice what is missing? The first four of the Ten Commandments that have to do with one’s relationship with God are missing. After Jesus had listed the final six of the Ten Commandments, see the young man’s response, “And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth” (Mark 10:20).
Here we come to the heart of the matter – a time of decision. Notice that Jesus loved him, but would this young man follow Jesus’ requirement? “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me” (Mark 10:21). Did this young man truly desire eternal life? Was he willing to give the temporal things this world has to offer in exchange for a life pleasing God and eternity with Him? Would he continue as he was, or would he choose Jesus? Read his response. “And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions” (Mark 10:22). He was sad, yet he just went away grieved. He was not willing to part with his possessions for a relationship with Jesus. Read what Jesus had previously warned: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
This young man had not understood a very important thing: “24. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Galatians 3:24-25).
Remember: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). This young man would be judged according to the decision he made concerning Jesus.
Do you live under a schoolmaster?
Or have you been justified by faith in Jesus?