An Unexpected Answer

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The Unexpected Journey Week #2
The Unexpected Answer
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
You can’t go on a journey if you don’t move!
Sometimes you think you’re moving but you’re on a treadmill, doing the same thing over and over again.
Mark 10:17-31 – “And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.””
1) Mark 10:17-21 – The Unexpected Approach
Here’s this rich young ruler who comes to Jesus (running) and humbles himself before Jesus
Jesus was a teacher with a group of disciples, but not a prominent figure or celebrity, yet this man kneels before Him.
When we confess Jesus as Lord of our lives, are we humbling ourselves and presenting evidence that Jesus is the Lord of our lives?
The rich young ruler followed the commands, but He feels like something is missing.
When Jesus asked him to give everything to the poor, he was asking him to do something that was looked down upon in Jewish culture.
He was asking him to give everything away: his money, power, fame, knowledge, social status, etc
Sometimes we come to Jesus and say, “look at me, aren’t I good?”
Jesus might say to us, yes, you’re doing things good, but leave your comfort zone and challenge your heart to grow by serving others, bringing people to Jesus that don’t know him, etc
Jesus doesn’t expect perfection, but he wants us to check the motive behind “why” we’re doing what we’re doing.
Follow where Jesus leads.
2) Mark 10:22-27 – The Unexpected Answer
People standing there (including the disciples) were shocked at Jesus’ response, wondering that if this man could not be saved, who could?
Jesus is telling us that we cannot trust in anything other than God.
God is the only one who can possibly save us because what is impossible for us is not impossible for God.
James 2:5 – “Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?”
3) Mark 10:28-31 – The Unexpected Ask
Jesus is basically asked by Peter, “what’s in it for us?”
When you make your connection to Christ, everyone in the Church becomes your family. 
They are all there for us to depend on.
We might give up everything, but we gain a massive family.
Are you willing to offend the people inside of the church to reach the people outside of the church?
John 21:3 – “Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.”
We do what the Bible says and some people don’t like that.
What are you following that gets in the way of you following Jesus?