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.” — Mark 10: 21
Jesus turns in love to those who seek after eternal life. Our Bible text speaks about the rich young man coming to the Lord Jesus with His question about eternal life. Today we have come to the place where He is present, namely the divine service. There we hope to receive answers to the questions that are on our minds. Ultimately the most important question is how we can inherit eternal life. We are thus occupied with a question that already moved this young man.
Those who seek to attain eternal life:
- Are seen by the Lord, who loves them and calls upon them to follow Him.
- Will perceive the seriousness of the Lord’s love.
- Will give up certain habits and points of view and exercise gentleness for the sake of fellowship
- Will seek the nearness of Jesus and confess Him.