“Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give it 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. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
Mark 10:21-23 NIV
Last week I spoke a message at a youth group called “You Are A History Maker”. I played a fun TV Game Show style game called “Name That History Maker” where faces of different History Makers flash on a screen. Kids got points if they could name the person, tell what they did and say if they were a positive or negative history maker. I wanted to get into their minds that everyone is a history maker. Today’s devotion is about the rich, young guy in the Bible; The Disciple Who Never Was. He’s someone who by his decisions made history as the guy who loved his stuff more than Jesus.
I contemplated naming this devotion “Missed Opportunities”. It’s so sad to me that this young man was offered the same invitation that Jesus had given to the disciples when he said, “Come, follow me”.1 If the rich young guy had said yes to Jesus, how different the history of his life would have been. I don’t know if he continued to live out a comfortable, good life or if his bad choice gnawed at his conscience?
He probably didn’t face the struggles or persecution the disciples faced, but in light of history, did he make the right choice? The record of miracles performed through him or people saved as he addressed the crowds is not recorded. The only written record of his life is a rejection to the call of God. In contrast, the miraculous adventures of the disciples are still being told through the Bible, books, movies, sermons and Sunday School lessons today.
We are all history makers. Don’t let your life be marked with missed opportunities like The Disciple Who Never Was.
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Father…Thank You for inviting me to partner with you in changing the history of the world. Help me to see that what you ask me doesn’t cost me too much. Your plan is worth more than anything this world has to offer. Give me the boldness to answer yes to whatever You ask me to do! In Jesus Name…Amen
1 Mark 1:17
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You’ve got creativity oozing out of you, Sherry! What a great teaching opportunity you had with those kids — and what a sobering lesson for us all.
Thanks for your encouragement 🙂 You have to make if fun for teens! have a blessed day.
Love this, Sherry! What a great perspective.
Thanks Bethany 🙂 Have a blessed day girl!
Love it! (As usual!)
Thanks Kelly 🙂
The disciple who never was – I’ve never thought of it that way, but what an insight to think about. We often think we’ll regret something we do, but more often we regret the things we did NOT do. Thanks for sharing this, Sherry.
Lisa, I think at the end we will regret more of the things we did NOT do. All the missed opportunities. I’m trying to live my life in a way that I have less regrets 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Wow – in so few words you definetly gave me a lot to ponder on this morning. I found you through the Grace and Truth link up, and I’m so thankful I did. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.
Heather, so glad you stopped by. I’m thankful for these linkups to connect us where we need to connect, meeting great friends. Have a blessed day pondering 🙂
Inspiring way to look at our walk with Christ…history makers! Linked up with you at Susan Mead’s!
So glad you stopped by!
Lord, I pray I have the boldness to say yes to everything you lay before me. I’m sure I have missed opportunities, but let me learn from that and keep moving forward. In Jesus’ name. Thank you for sharing and I love that game idea. I may have to use that too : )
Feel free to use the game idea. If you want the power point just let me know. I will agree with you in prayer that you will have boldness to say yes!