As Christians we believe that Jesus is the Son of God. In John 14:6 Jesus states He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Because we believe this to be true, we are called to live according to the teachings of Jesus. He taught some radical ideas – and these ideas were not only radical 2,000 years ago, but still seem hard to swallow today. Jesus did not try to please people with His words; instead He challenged their beliefs and asked them to believe in the God who sent Him. If we don’t allow Jesus’ words to change our lives, what is the purpose of reading them? Join us as we look at these radical concepts, see how they relate to our lives, and allow God, through His word, to change our hearts.
THIS WEEK: Sell All Your Things And Give To The Poor
Students are given lots of rules to follow. At school they are told to turn in their homework, take notes in class, and raise their hand when they have a question. At home they might be assigned chores, attend family dinners, and of course – respect their parents. There are spoken rules such as “respect others” and unspoken such as “don’t kick your friends.” Sometimes, keeping up with the rules and expectations placed on them can be exhausting.
When we look at Mark 10:17-31 we see a man who asks Jesus how to receive eternal life. He believes he has followed all the laws and expectations given to him. But Jesus says, “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.” We see the man walk away sad and Jesus says to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
As a student reading this passage it could be easy to feel like you have followed all the laws like this man. And as a student – they don’t have much personal wealth since they are still living under mom and dad’s home. So how can this passage relate to them?
Or maybe a student reading this passage feels like they haven’t followed the laws, rules, or expectations placed over them. If it’s hard for this guy to receive eternal life who followed all the rules, how much harder will it be for someone who hasn’t.
But Jesus also says something else, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” To be saved by man is impossible, but not by God. To be saved by good works is impossible, but not by God’s good work. To be saved by following all the right rules is impossible, but not by following after Jesus.
Last week we were challenged to not worry about anything – and that includes our salvation. We have a relationship with God not because we follow all the rules and do good deeds, but because God sent his son to die for our sins. This allows us to be in relationship with Him and receive eternal life.
This week try talking to your students about what it means to be in relationship with God. Do they stress about following all the rules? Or are they able to surrender and allow God to move? What does it look like to follow Him?