One Thing You Lack
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One Thing You Lack

From Series: Stories of the Kingdom

Mark 10:17-22  (ID: 2825)

Why did the rich young ruler, who thought of himself as faultless, bother to ask Jesus what he must do to enter the Kingdom of God? This individual represents anyone who thinks that the path to eternal life rests upon keeping God’s law. Alistair Begg shows us how Jesus revealed this man for who he really was: helpless, needy, and lost. Because this prosperous man did not see himself in need of a Savior, he was not willing to pledge his allegiance to Christ before all else, including his riches.


The Rich Young Man

17And 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?” 18And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19You 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.’” 20And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21And 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.” 22Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.