Mark 10:18-21 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.'” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
I can’t begin to tell you. So many people I’ve shared the Gospel with have answered, “Well — I don’t need that, I’m a good person.” No, we’re not. We have a tendency to compare ourselves with our neighbor, thinking how nice or how giving we are compared to him or her. But none of us are good by God’s standards. Our good works are like filthy rags, according to Isaiah.
This guy thought he was a great guy. “Yeah Yeshua (Jesus), really, I’ve done all this stuff you say, even from my youth!” One thing he lacked, though. He needed to take up his cross and follow Him.
We can do lots of good things. But have we truly taken up our taken up our cross today and followed Him today? It’s time. Today is the day to take up our cross! Today is the day to give our lives for God’s purposes and follow Him!
Your family in the Lord with much agape love