This day with God will be amazing because we are putting our attention on His word. As we read Mark 10:17-31, our thoughts are undivided and we are thankful for the path provided. It’s a wonderful time of praise for the ways God has guided.
In today’s passage, a wealthy man runs up to Jesus to ask what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to follow the commandments. To not murder, commit adultery, steal, give false testimony, or defraud. To honor your father and mother (v. 19).
The man said he had followed the commandments but Jesus responded that there was one other thing he needed. Because he had wealth, he lacked a true relationship with God. Jesus advised him to sell everything he had, give to the poor, and then he would have treasure in heaven (v. 21). The man could not let go of his wealth to follow Jesus so he sadly walked away.
Jesus then explains the paradox of selling, giving to the poor, following, and receiving treasure in heaven to the disciples. He said receiving treasures of heaven is worth a hundred times more than any wealth obtained in this world. Jesus told his disciples that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (v. 25).
Riches make us focus on how to maintain the wealth rather than on God. Jesus explains the need to be disciplined, dedicated, and focused on the treasures of God rather than success, fortune, and fame. The later may last a lifetime but the former will last for eternity.
To be fully devoted, we may have to leave a grueling work schedule that pays a high salary in order to serve the Lord but the gain is great joy because you will make a big impact in helping others. Going out of the way to comfort, strengthen, and encourage someone.
In God’s economy, success is not defined by lofty incomes, nice cars, or an expensive houses. Instead, success is defined by the vast spiritual assets of faith, hope, and love! So to apply the message today, let us strive to make the climb towards spiritual assets rather than lofty incomes, nice cars, and expensive houses. Much of our life is directed by the low standards of this world rather than the higher standards of God.
This day with You Lord, help us to put our total focus on You. With You, we have everything we need. Let us fix our eyes on the unseen and eternal to reveal Your glory to others. Spiritual assets that lead to true peace and eternal bliss. Amen.