READ: Mark 10:13-31 (esp., v23-31)
- Under no circumstance can a human save himself (herself). Even selling all you have won’t help even if you believe that somehow you can earn the redemption. Only God’s grace can save. But beyond that, only allegiance to God alone can put us in a position to receive God’s grace. So long as anything or anyone else is the object of our loyalty, we are disconnected from God’s heart.
- Jesus’ promise is that we will have far more in the Kingdom than in this life, if God is our King. It doesn’t mean we’ll be made financially wealthy, but we will be part of God’s Kingdom and that, in itself, is more significant than wealth. It’s just that most don’t consider that a fair trade. Just knowing that there are people out there who share our values and concerns doesn’t make up for the $0 in the checkbook.
- This text makes a nearly ultimate demand. It calls us to totally abandon our dependence on ourselves—what we can do, earn, make, provide, create. Instead, we are to find ourselves in absolute dependence on God with no other resources. Sometimes that isn’t literally having no money, it’s having a heart in tune with God and content with what is. That kind of contentment is among God’s greatest blessings ever.
- Read Philippians 4:10-13. How closely does that describe you?
- What would it take for you to be content with what you have?
- Why is wealth such a difficult taskmaster?
PRAY: Relinquish your independence to God. Pray that you can learn contentment. Ask God to help you see Him as ultimately all you need.