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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 3/Heroes: Cain & Abel

The fourth characteristic of a person who walks faithfully with God like Enoch is that they have a God centered life, meaning that they live for God. Jesus summed it up with a phrase from Deuteronomy, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (6:5) What does that look like?

In the reading for today, a young man comes up to Jesus and he’s distressed because even though he thinks he has followed the 10 commandments perfectly (according to his standard) and therefore done “enough” (think Cain and his offering) but he still doesn’t know if it’s enough. Jesus told him to add one more thing, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Gulp. The young man went away with a heavy heart because he was very wealthy, and this request was more than he could handle.

What Jesus is illustrating is that living for him means that there is nothing that you can reserve for yourself. Everything must be made available to Jesus when he asks for it. All your heart. All your soul. All your strength. To help illustrate what ALL is, I encourage you to watch this clip from the movie Facing the Giants.

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Mark 10:17-22


Jesus, show me the sacred cow in my life. Show me what it is that I keep from you. Help me to let go. Help me to trust. Help me to walk in faith. In your name, Amen.