During a small group yesterday, we looked at the accounts of The Rich Young Man (Mt. 19:16-30; cf. Mk. 10 and Lk. 18) and the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:25-37). We talked specifically about how both accounts deal with simple obedience. Jesus tells the young man to "Keep the commandments" and the lawyer "Do this (love God and love others) and you will live."
Both men want more. They're not satisfied with how Jesus answers the question. He's telling them the secret to life is simple obedience - trouble is, they wanted to do something.
It's not until we understand there's nothing we can do that we can experience true life. Paul says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God" (Eph. 2:8).
Just like the two men we discussed yesterday, I need to understand salvation includes being saved from myself. In other words, I have to recognize the problem is me.
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