What do we do when Jesus asks the hard questions? Pushes us toward new things? Challenges our way of being in the world? What does it mean to be rooted in a faith that refuses to let us stand still?
This Sunday as we continue our series Rooted and Reaching we’ll explore a passage from the gospel of Mark. It’s one of those sticky stories – the kind that I read and come away with some questions for Jesus. A young man comes to Jesus, earnestly asking what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. He’s kept the commandments, worked hard, been successful, and he just wants to check in with the savior of the world to make sure that he’s dotted his I’s and crossed his T’s. Jesus looks at him – Mark’s author tells us he loves him – and then says give up what you have. Live in service to and solidarity with people experiencing a kind of want that you have never felt. Come, follow me.
The disciples, ever our Greek chorus, ask Jesus what he means – how can anyone live in the Kingdom of God if the bar is so high? It’s the question this text leaves me with and it’s one we’ll explore together Sunday morning. How do we live in service to God’s Kingdom when the one who loves us so deeply also challenges us so profoundly?
Sermon: Rooted in Reaching
See you Sunday!
Director of Young Adult Ministries