Monday, March 28th, 2022
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” ~Mark 10:20-21 (NIV)
Bible Reading • Mark 10:17-22
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.“
Challenge • Things To Ponder
Many have read this story in Mark and measured themselves against their own sense of “wealth and riches” and decide that this passage does not apply to them. Mark tells of a wealthy man wanting heaven but could not part with his worldly possession and travel with Jesus to get there. What if we took a hard look into our own lives. . . are there things we are unwilling to give up for heaven? It may not be money, it could be anything that keeps you from fully engaging with God. Wealth can be measured in others terms than strictly money; some are wealthy because of social status or family name, you might be influential based upon knowledge and experience, perhaps you spend all your time buying and collecting things; simply put, anything that separates you from God. Today, seek God and ask Him to reveal to you anything that keeps you from a deep(er) relationship with Him. If you discover something, confess it to God and ask Him to open your heart to be receptive to His Word and His Love.
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Money in and of itself is not a bad thing or a sin and no one should not be ashamed of having it.
The only questions are:
• Does it allow greed to grow and fester within one’s heart separating oneself from God (?).
• Does having money breed sinful desires in one’s heart and mind, causing strife and isolation from others and especially from God (?).
Money is NOT:
the root of all evil—
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
— 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV) —
LOVE of Money is:
the root of all evil—
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Open the eyes of my heart oh, God that I may seen and hear your words. Help me to pursue you with a pure heart. Forgive me when I let my heart be wooed away from you by the temporary things in this life. I ask these things in Jesus name~Amen.
Friends, wishing you a beautiful week and. blessings upon you. Thank you for your support and words of encouragement as we continue to travel this Lenten journey. ~Peace 🧡
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.