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What must I do to inherit eternal life?

And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? Mark 10:17-31 KJV.

We who preach are going after people, but time is coming when actually it’ll be coming begging, asking for the way of truth. 

Eternal life is something you’re elevated to, you’ve to be worthy for it, and Jesus is the one who will give "unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven" Jesus Matthew 16:19. 

Inheritance is not obtained through deceitful means, "and Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." One needs to be worth it the kingdom of God to be conferred, bestowed on him. In Mark 10:35-40,  James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him, and they said, "we want you to do us a favour." Jesus said, "What is your request?" and they said, "Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory." But Jesus said to them, "Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" "Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal aa shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared." And in Matthew 6:7-8 he said, "When you pray, don't babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they'll be heard for their many words. Don't be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him." Simon Peter, who asked him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I'm doing you don't realize now, but afterward you will understand." "You will never wash my feet," Peter said. Jesus replied, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head." "One who has bathed," Jesus told him, "doesn't need to wash anything except his feet, but he is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you."

He asked this man, "Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth."

Does this sound familiar? In Mark 12, one of the scribes came to him and asked, "Which is the first commandment of all?" Jesus answered, "The most important is Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these." Then the scribe said to him, "You are right, teacher. You have correctly said that he is one, and there is no one else except him. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices." When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

Now back to our story, Jesus beholding him, he 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."

God does not only look at strengths, but he looks at your weaknesses too. He does a swot analysis of you, and advise you accordingly.

"And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

Alway remember it’s not by "might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." Zechariah 4:6.  "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy." Romans 9:16.

"Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first."

Many, like the rich man, appear to be prominent, but will ultimately be last. Those with more humble positions, like the disciples, or the poor man Lazarus will someday find themselves first, in Abraham’s bosom.

God bless you,
Laurence 
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