“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
“…one thing you lack…” Mark 10:21
I’ve been studying with some young people lately who are unsure of what they believe. Some are willing to go to Him and ask for understanding, to admit they don’t understand and need Him to give them more knowledge of Him and yet, I’m afraid, many of them will do just as the young ruler did. The young ruler was saddened by what Jesus told him and went away. HE WENT AWAY! He did not seek to have belief, he did not seek to understand. He did not DESIRE to know more. He found out what he needed to do and made a decision to NOT do it. He had the Key and threw it away! Why, when we hear something we do not understand or perhaps do understand but don’t want it to be TRUTH, do we decide we know best and refuse to seek understanding?
What is the ONE thing the rich young ruler lacked? The young, rich ruler was asking Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. It wasn’t earthly goods. It was complete TRUST in Christ, the Son of God. The Bible tells us he had kept all the commandments, he had DONE all the so-called “right” things BUT he did not have total faith in Christ-his faith and his heart, was in what he owned. His STUFF. Yet, the Bible says, ‘Jesus, looking at him loved him.’
People aren’t kept from entering the Kingdom of God because they are rich, they are kept from entering the Kingdom because they do not believe and put total trust in Jesus. Many think it is a money issue. We should strive to be poor and do without earthly things. No, we should not become enslaved to our earthly things. We should not spend every waking hour trying to get more, more, more. The question is where is our trust placed? In these uncertain times in our nation many are running scared. You can’t turn on the television without hearing how bad off we are. We are hearing also how our government is going to ‘bail us out’. Well, it is time we stop running around in circles and looking to Washington to save us and just look up. What or shall I say WHO do we trust? Do we trust our money, our government or do we trust in Christ and His ability to sustain us by giving us what we NEED? Can those of us who do trust in Christ admit to Him that at times we need Him to ‘help our unbelief’ ?
Like the father who said, “I believe, help my unbelief!” It’s all about our ability to BELIEVE and TRUST Christ. Jesus knew the young ruler had too much trust in his possessions and that until he was able to take his trust off of them and put it on Jesus he would not totally be trusting in Christ. He lacked BELIEF. The father believed, BUT also knew he had doubts and he wasn’t afraid or too proud to admit it. He knew ONLY JESUS could help him, so He went to Jesus and desired to believe and understand more. Like him, we must go to Jesus, we must desire to understand more and more of him if we are ever to fully know Him.
“Who then can be saved?”
The disciples asked Jesus, “Who then can be saved?” after he told them it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to be saved. What was His reply?
With men is is impossible, but not with GOD; for with GOD all things are possible.” Mark 10:27
Our faith must be in Jesus Christ. If we are trusting in our money, our jobs, our family and not in Christ we cannot know the joy of salvation. Only with God are we given the ability to be saved. You may know someone who has not put faith and trust in Christ. It may look to you impossible that they ever will, but “With God all things are possible.” There may be a Truth you do not understand, a situation in your life that seems impossible at this time. If you will respond like the father and cry out “Help my unbelief” God can change you. He will give you the understanding you need.
Don’t be found lacking the One thing that can set you free!
For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to GIVE HIS LIFE A RANSOM for many. Mark 10:45