Mark 10:18 -21
So, Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”
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.”
There are two things that I take from this passage 1 he is choosing what part of the Bible he wants to believe he’s …… picking and choosing. The other part that I see is that when the rich ruler walks away dejected and Jesus lets him go. Jesus doesn’t say “hey” hold on a second did you hear what I just told you? You have to sell your stuff! if you don’t you’re going to have consequences. But he didn’t he just let him walk away. Jesus accepted where the man was and let him walk. he didn’t try to stop him. He didn’t try to fix him. He let him be with his own crap to resolve it on his own with the Lord.
I think a lot of times we do the same thing we pursue people and maybe even give them the answers instead of just letting them go and letting them hear from God on their own.
We see our friend struggling so we helped him. We get in the way of God we tell them what they need to do and then they don’t do it the way we think they should. We have judged them and because they didn’t do what we thought they should do now we’re mad. When we should just stay out of the way there’s a big lesson in life that we all need to learn. That we need to apply in our daily lives. Less is more. the more we keep quiet the more Holy Spirit has a chance to speak to the men the more we keep quiet the more Holy Spirit has a chance to speak to our children. We must learn to stop pursuing people and situations that aren’t ours to pursue
A quote from the book says. We can never minister to people who we judge. The moment we judge, we pronounce a sentence. That sentence maybe repentance, or it may be punishment, but whether good or bad, we are now following our own agenda. now how they respond is about us. we have emotionally factored ourselves into the equation of their lives. we now need for them to act according to our judgment if they don’t it is a violation against us. From the book “How to stop the Pain”
Then there’s the reap what you sow and many times when I have judged people it comes back to me where I actually have judged myself more harshly because I judge someone, and I hate that.
Find out what God is doing, run to it as fast as you can and then go further still.