Are You Desperate?

Mark 10:17 — As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up to Him and fell on his knees before Him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (NIV).

I want you to put yourself at the scene of this story as it unfolds, or imagine you’re watching it on a movie screen. This is one of the most important passages of Scripture you will ever read. I pray you are challenged over the next few days as we take a look at the rich young ruler.

As this story begins, Jesus had just finished ministering to a multitude of people. A group of Pharisees challenged Him with questions about divorce. Jesus took the opportunity to rebuke the religious leaders and teach the crowd that had gathered. He also blessed the children who were there, and He was just about to leave when a certain man ran up to Him.

This gentleman was very rich and well known throughout the region. He was likely a polished, attractive man, and he wore the finest clothes. He was a man of authority. The people were used to seeing him carry himself with dignity, yet here he ran and threw himself down at the feet of Jesus. He cried out, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

This man was desperate. He had fame, fortune, and power, but there he was kneeling in the dirt at the feet of Jesus. Even though he had the finer things in life, there was an inescapable void he’d been unable to fill. His question was genuine, and he was willing to look foolish in front of the crowd to get the answer.

I ask you: Are you desperate for Him yet? Have you come to the realization your life is empty without Him? Earthly riches cannot replace a relationship with Jesus Christ. I challenge you today to declare your total dependence on Him. When was the last time you ran and fell at His feet? Forsake what others might think about you, and pursue Christ at all costs.

Psalm 79:8 — May Your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need (NIV).

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