[CF Devotionals] 2020-07-03 - What's Your View?

Originally Preached 2009-07-08 ~ Part 2

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  1. Are You a Good Person? vv.20-21The rich young ruler also gave the wrong answer about his sin.. The ruler thought he was good. He claimed to obey the ten commandments. But the Bible tells us that none of us are perfect. In fact that is what the law does, it points out that we are not good people. Romans 3:23 says, "We all have sinned." Jesus named five commandments in his discussion. What five did he not name?

    1. Have no other gods but me
    2. Have no graven images
    3. Don't take God's name in vain
    4. Remember the Sabbath
    5. Don't covet

  2. In truth, he may have obeyed the ones Jesus mentioned, but he struggled with at least two of these. Money was a god to him because it came before Jesus. He coveted and wanted the riches of the world. Warren Wiersbe wrote, "Jesus knew the young man's heart, so instead of preaching to him about covetousness, He asked him to do something that a covetous person would not do … This young man was possessed by the love of money and he would not let go."

  3. What's It Take to Get to Heaven? v.23-24 The nameless rich man thought he could do something to guarantee his place in Heaven. When Jesus told him what he could do, he refused. He wanted salvation on his terms, not on God's terms. But God doesn't play like that. This man answered three questions with three wrong answers, so the man went away sad.

  4. Closing Now, as a comparison, let us look at the blind man's answers later in this chapter.

    Luke 18: 35 As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. 37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he called out, saying, ”Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!“ 39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, ”Son of David, have mercy on me!“40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, 41 ”What do you want Me to do for you?“ And he said, ”Lord, I want to regain my sight!“42 And Jesus said to him, ”Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.“ 43 Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God. (NASB)

    The blind man said Jesus is the Son of David – a title for the true Messiah, Christ, Savior. The blind man begged for mercy. He didn't think he had earned anything. The blind man had faith in Jesus.

    The rich man left his own way, and was sad. The blind man went Jesus' way,and was happy and praising God. The rich man went away poor. The blind man went away rich. The rich man went away blind. The blind man went away seeing. How did you answer these three questions? If you answered any wrong, you can make them right.

    Until next time… 


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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.

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