Sunday: 14th October, 2018
Reference text: Mark 10:17-30
Mark 10:21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Although every material is identified to possess its own strengths, in alloying, no single material is deemed perfect on its own. This concept of alloying therefore has very has specific targets: to take the qualities of a particular material and share them with another. Thus, what is not present is compensated and made up for by another.
Jesus loved the young man with whom he had the discourse because he saw great potential. Regardless, there was a piece of information very specific to him, in the words of Jesus: ‘the is one thing YOU lack’. It wasn’t a corporate characterization, but an individualised one. Beloved, as we all strive to attain perfection, there are times when we need people who are sharp-eyed and bold enough to let us know what we lack, not just in terms of resources, but in character and experience.
It isn’t good enough just to be surrounded by people who are only interested in gaining brownie points with us, hence only tell us what we want to here. Such people neither rebuke nor correct us, but present to us a perfect image of ourselves when there are clear aspects of our lives we need working on.
Sweetheart, the Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own” (Heb 12:6). However, for this correction to take place, that area of lack must first be brought to our notice. Upon hearing, it may pierce our heart like Peter’s message on pentecost, or cause our faces to fall like the young man in today’s text, but it is still for our benefit.
Remember # Love is not afraid to correct.