God’s Word: Luke 18:18-30
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
One day an official asked Jesus “What must I do to deserve eternal life.” In talking with the gentleman Jesus learned that while he was a good and honest man he was holding tightly to his money—and lots of it. Jesus suggested that he sell everything he had and give to the poor, then come follow Him. He became terribly sad. Jesus went on to explain to all that were gathered—“It is very difficult for people who ‘have it all’ to enter God’s Kingdom. It’s easier to thread a camel through a needle’s eye than get a rich person into God’s Kingdom.”
The plain fact is that riches change everything in a person’s life. Life becomes all about getting and holding tightly to money. Quite often the rich run ramshackle over the poor in their quest to get richer. When gathering money–it truly is ‘survival of the fittest.’ Jesus saw into the heart of the official asking Him the above question. The man was eager to have the best of both worlds—this present life and eternal life. He felt he had gathered his riches honestly but still he felt empty. That is why he came to Jesus asking if there was something else to do.
Happiness is not a by-product of riches. This gentleman had come to this discovery. He was trying to do everything right, according to the law but still he felt something was missing. Jesus helped him see that the problem was his riches. He was holding tight to them, even trusting in them for his future security. Jesus helped him understand that trusting in any “thing” other than God is like cutting the pipeline to heaven. When you look around and see the needs of others, yet close your bank account to that need, you are hurting both that person and yourself. There is no lasting joy in a big bank account but only in trusting Me to help you use it wisely for others.
God’s Question: Can you trust Me to help you spend wisely?
God’s Promise: The value of salvation is beyond riches.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for the wisdom in Your Word.
I am Sorry I am not a better steward of our money.
Thank You for caring for our needs so abundantly.
Please help me keep an open purse to others needs.