“Just then someone came up and asked Him, “Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life? ”
“Why do you ask Me about what is good? ” He said to him. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
“Which ones? ” he asked Him.
Jesus answered: Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.
“I have kept all these,” the young man told Him. “What do I still lack? ”
“If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Again I tell you, 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.””
Matthew 19:16-24 HCSB
Father thank You for this day. I closed my eyes last night not knowing what today would bring for me, life here or life on the next level, and You blessed me with another day here to serve You and help the least of Your children—wealthy, rich, and poor.
Father I pray for less of me and more of You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
As we walk around in human form, flawed by our limited perception that this life is the greatest is could ever be, ignorant enough to believe that one day we’ll figure out God’s secret and ways, we don’t realize that there is no way of knowing who will be victorious after leaving this human shell we call a body.
The wealthy who write checks to NGOs (or start their own) may think that they have earned their “spot”. The super flashy rich may think that their donated clothes or occasional press opportunity at the local shelter, is how they will earn their “spot”. The financially poor may think that being destitute and hopeless is a guaranteed “shoe in”.
But what if we’re spiritually poor? What if we are bankrupt and lack faith, hope, and love? You can be the wealthiest person on the planet, but how does that measure up to spiritual bankruptcy? What is more important, the material possessions or the relationship with God?
I’m not telling people with money and resources to get rid of these things. I’m asking, do you give God all the glory and praise for what you have, big and small, that of little monetary value as well as those things you consider priceless? Do you show through your actions that all that you have and all that you are is only possible because of God’s grace and mercy?
From the socks and shoes that you put on your feet, the bed you sleep in, the car you drive, the food and drink you consume, the things you read, the things that you say and do—in what ways are you saying “thank You” to God each day?
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