Open your Bible now to the tenth chapter of the gospel of Mark...the gospel of Mark, Mark, who tells the story of Christ along with Matthew and Luke and John has written this great history that we have been enjoying now for well over a year. We find ourselves in chapter 10. I’ve entitled this particular event “The Tragedy of a Selfish Seeker,” The Tragedy of a Selfish Seeker.
We hear a lot today in the contemporary evangelical church about seekers. We even have ministry define for us as seeker-driven and needing to be seeker friendly. We might assume from that that the world is full of seekers and that we just need to find out the angle of what they’re seeking and provide it somehow for them and that will draw them to salvation.
The truth of the matter is, the world is full of seekers, they’re not seeking God. Fulfillment? Sure. Purpose? Right. Happiness? Absolutely. Love? For sure. Meaning? Of course. God? Not really. Romans 3, the Bible says, “No man seeks after God.”
The world is full of dishonest seekers. The truth is, there are lots of people who want a more satisfying life, a more fulfilling life and if you throw in heaven, all the better. However, the offer must come on their terms. There are lots of selfish seekers.
And by the way, I’m not just limiting them to sort of secular psychological areas. Religion is full of selfish seekers. They would say they’re seeking God. They would say they’re seeking the Kingdom of God. They would say they’re seeking heaven, that’s why they’re so religious. But maybe they’re the most shallow of all.
The truth of the matter is, the world is full of superficial religious people. On the outside and even by their own confession, they may appear to be legitimately religious, really pursuing the things of God. But if the truth were known, that’s really not the case. And we have an example of that in the text before us. This account of Jesus meeting with a young man is so definitive that Matthew records it and so does Luke, and we’re looking at Mark’s history of the same encounter....
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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org