While Jesus was journeying with his disciples, he was approached by a rich young man claimed to have followed all of God’s commandments and wanting to know the way to eternal life. Jesus told him,
“’You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ Disheartened by the saying, he [the young man] went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Mark 10: 21, ESV).
In the end, it was not the young man’s lust or deceit that prevented him from following Jesus, it was his desire for riches and comfort. Jesus called the young man, and calls me, to sacrifice worldly possessions in pursuit of his service. Jesus wants me to be grateful for what I have and generous with what I have been given. He says,
“’It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God’… ‘Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions , and in the age to come eternal life.’” (Mark 10: 25, 29-30, ESV).
Jesus says that those who retain great riches will have a very hard time getting to heaven but promises that those who do give generously will receive back all that they gave and more in heaven. He wants me to have an attitude of servitude and generosity with my time and possessions.
Dear God, thank you for your holy Word, it helps me to understand your will for my life. Please help me to live my life in servitude to you, and please help me to be generous with what you have given me. In Jesus’s holy name I pray, Amen