Are you rich? How much is enough? For many people, we compare our “richness” to someone else.
In the book of Luke, there is an interesting exchange between Jesus and a young man.
A young man runs up to Jesus and says, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”.
Do you think about eternity like an inheritance?
I must confess that I haven’t viewed my eternity like an inheritance; however, I should considering God is creating a mansion for me, and He went there to prepare it for me.
Jesus replies to the young man about keeping the commandments and honoring his parents.
I can hear parents cheering worldwide at the mention of keeping the commandments, and honoring your parents is among them.
The young man replies that he had kept the commandments.
Jesus replies, there is only more thing you must do; you must sell everything and give it to the poor, and then you will inherit eternal life.
At the mention of the selling of his possessions, the young man walked away with head hanging low as he was rich.
So, I ask you, are you rich? Do you consider yourself rich?
I don’t think that Jesus expects us to sell everything and give it to the poor and become homeless. But He does expect us to understand:
- That riches can become an idol that replaces our devotion to Christ
- We are rich
- We should think of others more than our riches
Jesus goes on to say,
“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.”Mark 10:25
During Jesus’ time, he used references that made sense to the time. A camel was gigantic, and the eye of a needle is tiny. How can that animal fit through that tiny hole?
Jesus illustrated that riches can replace our devotion to Christ and cause us to forfeit our inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven.
There are not enough good deeds or good works to earn our way to heaven; it is only by His grace and sacrifice on the cross and our belief in Jesus that we are saved.
Eternity is our inheritance, and the Lord asks us to have no other gods before Him.
If we are not careful, money or riches can replace Christ on the throne of our lives.
Today, consider if there is anything that is an idol for you?
Prayer: Lord, thanks for your inheritance, and thank you for the reminder that we should have no other gods before You. Please help me to lay down my idols that might have gotten in the way of your throne. Amen!