Summary: If you really want to be a follower of Jesus, he’s got to be first. (rich young ruler) But if he’s not, how can I make Him first? By getting rid of 4 common excuses... *HANDOUT INCLUDED*
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95% commitment to Jesus Christ is 5% short.
What does it mean to put Jesus first? What does it mean to have total commitment to him?
What did Jesus do here?
Mark 10:17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"
18 So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
19 "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.’"
20 And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth."
21 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."
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
What went wrong here?
This guy had so many things going right. The Bible says, “Jesus looked at him and loved him. . .”
1. He was full of enthusiasm. “Now as He was going out on the road, one came running...” (Mark 10:17)
This guy really wanted an answer to his spiritual question. He probably saw Jesus and his disciples leaving town and had to run to catch up.
TRUTH: Being a Christ-follower is more than being sincere.
This guy was sincere, but he didn’t have the commitment necessary to carry him all the way into a relationship with Jesus.
2. He came to the right person. “He knelt before Him [Jesus]...”
Look at all the places he could have gone for answers: The Jewish rabbis, the
TRUTH: Being a Christ-follower is more than admitting that Jesus has good advice.
Many people today are willing to say Jesus was “a great moral teacher.” But when it comes to admitting that Jesus is LORD – that he deserves control of every part of my life, then they aren’t willing to say that.
There’s a popular teaching going around that says, you can accept Christ as your Savior, but you don’t have to accept him as LORD of your life.
That teaching is NOWHERE in the Bible. That’s NOT the way it works. When you come to Jesus, you accept him for who he IS. . . and he IS LORD just like he is Savior!
3. He asked the right question. "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17)
He didn’t come asking “How can I make more money?”
He didn’t come asking, “How can I make my life more fulfilling?”
He didn’t come asking, “How can I make sure my family has all their needs supplied?”
He recognized the MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION!
TRUTH: Being a Christ-follower is more than knowing you need to be saved.
4. He was a good man. “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
WOW! This guy had been a really good person! He hadn’t slept around. He hadn’t lied. He hadn’t stolen. He hadn’t dishonored his father and mother.
TRUTH: Being a Christ-follower is more than keeping rules.
I want to stand up and say, “No, you’ve missed the point! Was he a SAVED man? Was he a follower of Jesus, or did he just keep a few rules?”
Jesus pushes aside the large commitments that this guy had made, and said, “what about this 5% that you’re not willing to give?”
Jesus still does that today. Jesus loved this man, and he loves you. . . SO MUCH that he’ll be willing to look at you and ask you the hard question. “What about this area of your life? Are you willing to let it go to follow me?”
Let me ask you: What is it that’s keeping you from being a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ?
Here’s how to surrender your life to Jesus Christ: Get rid of the excuses.
Excuse #1: Someone.
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters. . . he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
The word translated “hate” in Greek = LOVE LESS