The Fine Art of Failure: Week 3 - Day 5

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, give me your wisdom to make personal application from this Scripture today.


Read: Mark 10:21-22 NIV

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.



For years I have read about this incident with the rich young ruler and immediately made a judgement about him. How could he miss seeing the love of Jesus and walk away from it?  In judging the young man I missed another key point. All day long people were crowding around Jesus wanting some type of assistance.  Most of us would be overwhelmed by the numbers, yet Jesus was able set his priorities and handle people one at a time.  Another such incident is found in Mark 5 where the woman with the 12 year history of hemorrhage touched his garment and he stopped and ministered to her.  He loved people and showed compassion and understanding.

 In our world today, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the sin and needs of people. How are we going to do anything about it?  It’s all too much for one person to handle.  We need to look at the example of Jesus in the Scripture above. He looked at individuals.  Consider the adage, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”

 We need to pray about God’s leading and then look around for people with concerns/ problems/needs that we can address.  This is the start, and then take action once you have prayed and feel God’s guidance.  Too often we talk about a need that should be addressed but stop there.  Step up to the plate and help them!



Ask yourself the question:  Am I more interested in preserving my treasures on earth that are temporal, as the rich young ruler was, or am I following Christ’s example and looking to help individual souls, who are eternal?


 Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, your priority was always for the eternal good of people.  Help me to rightly align my own priorities every day.

Terry Schneider