Your Spiritual Mirror
June 9, 2013
Receive Thy Sight
June 11, 2013
Your Spiritual Mirror
June 9, 2013
Receive Thy Sight
June 11, 2013

Thou Lackest One Thing

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Yet lackest thou one thing: Luke 18:22

A certain ruler came to Jesus and asked how he could inherit eternal life. When you see “a certain” it is a real person who Jesus did not reveal his name. We don’t know why the scriptures call him a ruler or what he ruled. He had a legitimate question for Jesus. This question every person in his or her lifetime should ask.

Jesus answered by telling him to keep the law. Jesus lived under the law, so He had to give the answer that pertained to Jewish people at that time. The Jewish people had to obey the law to the letter or they had to go through the proper sacrificial channels.

This young ruler said he had kept the law especially the ones Jesus had enumerated. “Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.” (Luke 18:20) It very well might have been the ruler believed he had kept these laws. Sounded to me like the ruler thought he was in good shape and had obtained eternal life.

Jesus knew differently. There was one thing he lacked. He had too much money—no. He put his love for money above his love for God. Sounds like the first commandment, which says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)

If you try to inherit eternal life by keeping the law, you will always come up short—thou lackest one thing. The disciples heard this exchange and wondered if it was even possible to be saved which such strict rules. Jesus said there was a way, which had not been revealed yet—God’s way. Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, God would provide a possible way. It is impossible for man to reach eternal life on his own, but with God, it is possible.

Apart from God’s amazing grace, you will always lack one thing. Even after salvation, if you try to live the Christian life apart from grace, you will lack one thing.