Daily Devotion Wednesday, August 14

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – Psalm 29; 2 Samuel 14:21-33; Acts 21:15-26 and Mark 10:17-31

Mark 10:17-31 – 17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It 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.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Whenever I come to this reading in Mark I have to stop and think, Jesus could be having this conversation with me.

I ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus said to me, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’”

I said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” (I could say that for I have kept these laws of God. Well, except that I have been so angry with another that I wished him dead. I have committed adultery by looking lustfully upon women. Now that I think about it I probably didn’t always honor my father and mother.)

Jesus, looked at me, loved me and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

Ouch – sell all I have and give the money to the poor. I don’t hear my Lord calling me to do that, but I do hear him saying; “Dennis, you lack one thing …. What do I value so much that I am not fully open to my Lord, to living within his kingdom on earth? I try to share what I have with others. I strive to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, strength and all my possessions. What is this one thing or in reality things that separate me from the full love of God given in Jesus Christ?

I give thanks for what follows this portion of the reading.

23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It 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.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

And so I ask my Lord, “Then who can be saved?” And Jesus responds to me as he did the disciples; “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

O Lord, may you break into my hardened heart, soul, and mind and not only mine but others as well, so I and they can fully experience the love you have given to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Only as you fully break into our lives, will we know of the abundant blessings you give unto us. Break into my heart, soul and mind, Lord, Jesus. Amen.

Psalm 29 – Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.

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