Friday: 29th March, 2019
Reference text: Mark 12:28-34
Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
Among the many teachers of the law Jesus encountered, the one mentioned in today’s Gospel was described as ‘not far from the Kingdom of God’. Translating this into context, it was as though Jesus meant to say ‘ just a little more and you would make it’. Thus, if the pass mark was 75%, this teacher may have probably scored about 70%, only a few paces short.
This therefore leaves room for us to ask the question ‘ why had he still not arrived in the Kingdom? What more did he have to do to get inside and not stay outside?’ One reason was this: ‘he knew the truth only in his head’. Thus, another rhetorical question is raised for consideration: ‘What good is knowing the definition of truth if one does not actually live it?
My dear, there are some truths that must be accepted at the heart level before they can have any practical effect on the way and manner in which we live. Accepting them only as part of our pool of knowledge only takes us within reach of the door but does not get us inside. It gets us close enough.
Even though there is some confidence stemming from the fact that you know the Word of God, it is now time to live what you know because it is the best way to make that knowledge a part of your life.
Remember # Don’t stay outside the door by knowing the truth only in your head – believe and accept it in your heart then live it.