Help Yourself!

Mark 10:17-22

Filtered society, dinner parties, the “right” friends, formal perfect church, and everybody playing nicey nice . . . a perfect little world in a perfect little family with none of “those” people annoying us. God, please help me to see them as Christ saw the rich young ruler. “And beholding him, he loved him.”

God is not here to make your life some perfect comfy cozy wonder land of personal bliss. “Good Master, what shall I do that I might inherit eternal life?” This was not an inquiry on how to have a relationship with God and serve Him nor an interest in things beyond THIS life, it was a self-seeking maneuvering; looking to Jesus for self-improvement. “What can I add to my wonderful self?”

The rich young ruler observed the “commandments” from his youth, he said. However, Christ revealed to him that he did so for himself . . so he could be a “better person.” Self-improvement.

The two great commandments of the law are, Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. In these two commands all the law is fulfilled. Paul told Timothy that the “end of the commandment is charity, of of a pure heart and of faith unfeigned.” The “objective” God has in the law is o purify the heart and bring about honest faith in Him, and the result will be CHARITY! The outworking of real love. Motivation in obedience to the law is the key here, and it reveals self-righteousness and pride at the deepest level.

Jesus told him to go sell what he had, give to the poor, and come follow him. He called on the young man to demonstrate his love for others and his love for God in one sentence.
The young man began by calling Jesus “Good Master.” When he sees he is not getting what he was looking for, he changed it to “master.” And in the end, he walked away sorrowful. Not sorry that he was lost, sinful self-righteous or filled with pride, but sorrowful that Jesus didn’t give him what he wanted to make himself better.

This is what happens when God is nothing more than another self-help method.

About Pastor Jack Seiler

Born September 2, 1956 Married to the most wonderful wife God ever gave any man . . June 23, 1979 Saved by the grace of God . . December 19, 1981 Father of three boys . . grown and married. Grandfather of 4 . . 1 boy, three girls. One more on the way Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church . . Collins, NY
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