|Ese Ehimare Dave|
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. (Mark 10:21)
To the human mind, it's strange and unacceptable for someone to be morally upright and obey all the laws of Moses, which to them is the moral code and key to pleasing God and still not be a follower of Jesus and not a recipient of the eternal life that Jesus came to freely give. But that was the situation a man was faced with in Mark 10:17-27. And so many people fall into this same scenario.
Even the disciples of Jesus were surprised. A man who has kept the whole law from his youth can't be a recipient of eternal life? Scriptures say: "and they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?" (Mark 10:26). There is no set of moral code, which the laws of Moses falls under, that can give eternal life. Only following Jesus guarantees that. Following Jesus is the only medium to gain access into God's kingdom - eternal life.
But before we follow Jesus, we must be ready to take up our cross. Taking up our cross is giving up all that is of the world, sacrificing all that will distract our attention, denying yourself of the pleasures of the world. And these are done on a daily basis as we follow Jesus. Luke 9:23 says: "...if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Follow Jesus, not some set of moral codes. Only He has the key to eternal life.
Keep winning daily.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your life which I have received. I will follow You every step of the way as You lead me, denying myself and taking up my cross daily, in Jesus' Name. Amen.