City On A Hill Community Church
The One Thing Holding You Back
November 21, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Mark 10:17-30

The One Thing Holding You Back

November 21, 2021 / Mark 10:17-30

TODAY’S FOCUS: to understand that consistent compromise in even one area of your life is all it takes to hinder and hijack the plans and purposes God has for you.

Matthew 10:39

“There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning.” – Thomas Aquinas

wants you to have happiness and meaning more than want you to have happiness and meaning.

God’s commands are in disguise


Two lies we believe that keep us from FULL SURRENDER:

“Jesus can you but he can’t you”

“You can experience the without the

See James 1:6

All of us are

All of have areas where we are tempted to


Text Mark 10:17-22 (New Living Translation)

As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’”

20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

[01] :  you will be most devoted to who you most love

see Matthew 22:36-37

[02] compromise tempts us in our weakness, not our strength

see Galatians 5:17

[03] :   to follow Jesus is often forsake something or someone 

see Galatians 5:17


The rest of the story: Mark 10:23-30

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.

What’s the one thing that’s holding you back?


It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C.S. Lewis

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