The Willing But Unready – Pastor Oyewale Abel of Abba Father International, Nigeria, West Africa

Pastor Abel and wife Margaret

(Mark 10:17-23)

“And when He had gone forth into the way, there came one running, who kneeled to Him, and asked Him, “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? “(Mark 10:17)
“And Jesus said to Him, ‘Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one,. That is God.” (Mark 10:18 ).
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; take up the cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 10:21)
There was that great desire on the part of this rich man to serve. Jesus is not moved by the readiness to serve, stemming from an unsaved heart. Jesus was never carried away by neither this rich young ruler’s flattery nor his wealth. How do we feel, individually, corporately, in our programmes, when we see the high and mighty among us, ministers and members, inclusive?
The list of God’s rules is endless. What part of the Bible do you obey? By self-righteousness, this man tried to qualify and justify himself, but only Christ’s righteousness will guarantee us His Kingdom. Don’t rely on self-righteousness.
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him. “One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven and come take up
the cross and follow Me.” (Mark 10:21)
Jesus looked at him in his pride, self-deceit and self-justification, yet still LOVED him. Jesus pitied him because He knew his true condition; he lacked salvation. Jesus did not hesitate to tell him what he needed. Not what he wanted to hear. 
What do you tell such people when they come to you?
The man was sad at parting with worldly properties, popularity, position, and pleasure. He went away, ignoring his salvation. Was he even interested in the first place? Salvation messages are not, most times, palatable to hear. Jesus did try to mellow down the Gospel truth to make the rich ruler happy or comfortable, like some of us would do today.
Keep your convictions and do the will of God. Tomorrow may be too late.
It is not enough to observe the law. It is more important to observe the condition of the people
around you and care for them. Let us check our attitude towards the high-class people. Do not be partial in presenting the right Gospel.
May our good God of Israel bless you all in Jesus Christ’s Name.
Pastor Abel Oyewale
Abba Father Fellowship International
Nigerian orphans who have lost both parents. 
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