Daily Scripture Reading: Mark 10:21-22 KJV
Mark 10:21-22 KJV
(21) Then Jesus beholding him 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.
(22) And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Today’s Devotional Is SECRET IDOLS
HOW MANY are those who are aware of their duties but are unable to fulfill them because they are afraid to reveal their true identity. They go from one teacher after another with the appearance of genuine inquiry for eternal life.
This young man was a lover of money. He had many possessions. Money is not a bad thing. However, it can be difficult to acquire it without becoming attached to it and forgetting that we are only stewards. This was why our Lord suggested this ultimate test. These words were universally applicable, so St. Francis of Assisii founded the Order of the Franciscans. He also pledged poverty. It seems more in line with the spirit and meaning of the Gospel to believe it was a test given to the seeker after truth to reveal himself to himself.
The law of love does not have to be negative. It can also be positive. For each one of us, the most important condition is to be willing to count all things except loss in order to win Christ (Php_3-8). If you are willing to follow Christ and to give everything for Love’s sake, you will likely be given much more. Christ knows He can make you His Almoner without fear of any gold dust adhering in your transmission.
We must be careful not to fall prey to the lure of wealth or possessions. Wealth, while it may open many doors, won’t give you the key to Heaven. We must ensure that we act as stewards for God’s property. However, this is impossible unless we live in constant fellowship with our Master who, though rich, became poor for our sakes so that we might become rich through His poverty.
PRAYER for Today
The most dearest idol that I have ever known. AMEN.