Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Challenge and the Choice
Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler
Today I gleaned from our Pastor Jerry's sermon where he was
reading from Mark 10:17-30 about the rich young ruler who wanted to know what
he must do to obtain Eternal Life.
The ruler proclaimed that he had kept the Law, but Jesus told
him, “One thing you lack; go and sell all you have and give to the poor and
follow me.”The man was much grieved for
he was very rich, and he went away sorrowful. Yet Jesus loved him, but allowed him to walk
Because of his wealth, the ruler was subject to
temptation.Perhaps he cheated on his
taxes to Caesar, or took advantage of his customers to profit himself.Jesus could see that something was missing.The ruler hoped to buy eternal life, which
cannot be purchased.
Pastor said this story is often used on Stewardship Sunday
but it seldom works.
What would happen if we took this literally and everyone
sold all and gave to the poor?
Did Jesus want us to discover where our priorities are?Where is our LOVE?Money is not the root of all evil, but the
Love of money is what we must avoid.
Following Jesus often calls for a radical change; are we
willing to give up power and privilege to follow God’s will?What is Jesus really asking?
If we have worked hard, saved and put away money for our old
age, and give it all away we might find ourselves out on the street with the
(other) homeless and the hungry.Yet
with our money we can also do much good for others, by budgeting amounts for our church,
the poor, the orphans, and special needs and still have enough for our
By all standards, Jesus was homeless as he had nowhere to
lay his head.The ruler had wealth, yet
he sought out this intenerate preacher to ask about the Kingdom of Heaven.
We must understand that Salvation can not be purchased with
money or by good works.Knowing that we
must discover what Jesus was teaching in this story.
Mark 10:24 And the disciples were
astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
Jesus wanted us to NOT
trust in riches, but to use them wisely for the Lord.Keep your love and vision focused on Jesus
FIRST in your life, and all else will be added unto you.
Babies are born with hands clinched, and
when we die, our hands open.
We must not
hold on to “things,” but to be willing to live with open hands and open hearts.