Giving and Gaining – Hope 103.2

Giving and Gaining

Read Mark 10:17-22 17 As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”18-19 Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit […]

By David ReayTuesday 23 Oct 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Mark 10:17-22

17 As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”

18-19 Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.”

20 He said, “Teacher, I have—from my youth—kept them all!”

21 Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”

22 The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go. (THE MESSAGE)

A story was once told of a little girl who noticed a beautiful butterfly on a flower in her garden. She was eager to show it to her mother so she took hold of it tightly to carry it to her mother without it flying away. When she opened her hand to show it, all she could show was a pathetically crushed creature.

Whenever we cling too tightly to something we value, we risk damaging it. The rich man in this story shows us someone who wanted to cling to his wealth. In doing so, he was damaged himself. He wanted to gain eternal life but didn’t want to lose his money in doing so. Eternal life mattered, but something else mattered more. Here was a man who could neither enjoy eternal life nor enjoy his wealth without a heavy heart.

We need to note that wealth as such is not the issue. Giving our money away doesn’t get us into heaven: trust in Jesus does that. But money can be a blockage to that. Many things besides money might keep us from trusting in God in such a way as to be assured of eternal life. The story challenges us as to what might take priority over Jesus in our own lives.

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Jesus may sometimes invite us to give up something we value in order to gain what is of ultimate value. And whenever he does look us in the eye and issue that invitation, we can be sure he does so out of sheer love.

Blessings
David Reay