by Daniel Rodgers

One Thing Though Lackest
Dan Rodgers
Mark 10:17-22


1. In Mark, chapter 10, we have the story of a young man coming to Jesus to ask Him the most important question a person can ask, "What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

a. Two things come to mind: First, he asked the right question, and secondly, he asked the right Person.

2. Jesus, in turn, asks the young man a question. He asked him if he had kept the commandments - "Yes," was the reply, "I've kept them from the time I was old enough to remember." But you will notice in (vs.21), the Jesus tells him something is missing--"One thing thou lackest!")

3. The thing Jesus was referring to was not eternal life - Jesus already knew he needed eternal life... a. This man had something in his life that was PREVENTING HIM from having eternal life--from being complete. Although he had money and position; and though he had an outward form of religion...

b. He lacked his case, there was one glaring thing that was preventing him from having all that God could give him.

4. I would suggest to you that there are many people today who need eternal life, but something is lacking - maybe an unwilling heart - they have not yielded their will. It could be pride, it could be family, it could be a number of things...and Jesus would say, "One thing thou lackest."

5. Many Christians fall into this same area. They have eternal life, but they do not have the abundant life.

a. You might be sitting here today saying, "Lord I do not have that abundant of which you speak. I do not have peace and joy and happiness."

6. On the outside, like the rich young ruler, you appear to be someone who has everything under control, but inwardly, there is one major thing preventing you from having God's best. And Jesus would say, "One thing thou lackest."

7. My goal is two-fold this morning. First, to bring that unsaved man into a saving relationship with Christ. Secondly, to challenge ...

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