Devotion: Monday, October 22, 2018
Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz, Today’s verse is from Mark 10:23-27, where the Bible says,
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “It is Hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!… It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; with GOD AL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!”
There are Some Things in your Life that only God can handle!
Say this with me right now, ready? “There are some things in my life that only God can handle.” In fact, I think that we all need to say that a few times today so that it can really sink in. Last week we talked about knowing and trusting in what is valuable in life. This week, we get to explore why. Jesus says it clearly. When it comes to eternal life and salvation, “with man this is impossible, but not with God; With God all things are possible.”
Jesus uses “wealth” as a teachable moment for what is truly valuable. When He talks about how hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, it’s not because wealth is intrinsically bad. It’s because it gives us a false sense of security. Wealth gives us a false sense of power. It tempts us to think that this sinful world is all that there is and that with tons of cash, we can do anything that we set our minds and hearts too. (That’s a particular weakness here in Washington D.C.) But the Bible calls that out for us all. It calls it what it is, false pride. And you know it’s true even if you didn’t read that in the Bible. You know it’s true just by looking at the brokenness and sin all around you, even in your heart and mind as well. I heard it said this way, “Money doesn’t give you life, it just helps you drain whatever life you have, faster.” Sobering. The Bible exposes our ineptness in these matters, not to humiliate, or to demean, but to get us to refocus our life on the one who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” Jesus Christ.
So, as Jesus says elsewhere, “Life does not consist of an abundance of things!” (Luke 12). But, He says that to remind us that He “came (so) that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).” Strive for excellence in all that you do. Be passionate. Set goals. But in living your life, remember the essence and fullness of life are God’s gifts, to be received by grace, through faith, in Christ, as a gift. When it comes to the “big things in Life,” only Jesus can handle that. Thank God He did for you and me.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we I realize that you can handle the very essential things for my life, it gives me confidence that I can entrust all things to you in prayer. Thank you for that confidence. AMEN.