Sunday, February 28, 2010

Riches

I've been reading through the book of Luke in my quiet time and was struck this morning by the passage in Luke 18 where the Lord Jesus was talking to the ruler who wanted to know what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus mentions a number of the Ten Commandments and the man replies that he has done those his whole life. I wonder if he was feeling secure in his own goodness at that point. But then Jesus says, "Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." I'm sure the man didn't realize that he was coveting his riches here on earth, but, when asked to give them up to follow Christ, it made him very unhappy. I wonder what riches we have that keep our focus off of following Christ? Possessions? Family? Friends? Talents? A Job? Entertainment? It is *so easy* to become consumed with this world and miss focusing on those things that we would claim to be priorities - things like spending time with the Lord, ministering to others, giving, loving, and serving. As Lamentations 3:40 says, "Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord."


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