“…one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12 13-31 Growing up as a child my mother used to say that she never knew she was poor. She could not remember when she did not have food to eat, a place to stay and white gloves on Sunday. She accomplished many things in her life and yet she would tell you that her greatest possession was God’s love for her, her love for God, and the love she had for her family, exactly in that order. Wealth by the world’s standards consists of many possessions. But blessed by God’s grace and mercy it is for us to look past the world’s standards, seek Wisdom and live according to God’s truth; according to God’s love.
Luke 12:13-31 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Happy are those who find wisdom,
and those who get understanding,
for her income is better than silver,
and her revenue better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honour.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called happy.
Lent: Day 32 – If we only see Christ from a physical point of view, we will never fully understand who God is. A wealthy man walks up to Jesus and asks, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answers, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” Jesus gives a physical answer to a physical question. From the story we know that the man has followed the law (Commandments) and yet he asks what else must he do. Perhaps, he recognizes that his soul is not fulfilled yet the wealthy inquirer becomes saddened when he is told to sell all that he has to achieve the one thing that he believes he doesn’t have. This story is more about our relationship with God than it is about sacrificing the physical things we possess. In this physical life, when we really want something for our selves or the people we love, we will make sacrifices. How much more are we willing to sacrifice, if our true desire is eternal life? What the wealthy man doesn’t realize is that the reward for living a righteous life is life itself and not the things we possess in it. What is the righteous life? Love God and love neighbor as self. Possessions come and go, but love endures forever.
Mark 10:17-31 ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18 Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stone tablets, came in glory… how much more will the ministry of the Spirit come in glory? …Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.