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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, December 26, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Should all believers sell everything they own? No. We are responsible to care for our own needs, needs of our families so as not to be a burden on others. We should, however, be willing to give up anything if God asks us to do so. This kind of attitude allows nothing to come between us and God and keeps us from using our God-given wealth selfishly. If you are comforted by the fact that Christ did not tell all his followers to sell all their possessions, then you may be too attached to what you have.
We cannot love God with all our heart and yet keep our money to ourselves. Loving him totally means using our money in ways that please him. (NLT)
Matthew 19:16-30 – Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good things must I do to have eternal life?”
“Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “Only God is good. But to answer your question, you can receive eternal life if you keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” the man asked.
And Jesus replied: “‘Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?”
Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went sadly away because he had many possessions.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. I say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get out of it?”
And Jesus replied, “I assure you that when I, the Son of Man, sit upon my glorious throne in the Kingdom, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life. But many who seem to be important now will be the least important then, and those who are considered least here will be the greatest then.”
Jesus said, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” –Matthew 19:21 (NRSV)
Walt Garrett (Arkansas) titled his story “ONE MORE THING;” here is a portion of Walt’s story:
“Our church has had a long-standing relationship with the elementary school down the hill from us. Church members provide for students’ material needs – from school supplies to underwear. Recently church and school leaders have been designing a weekly mentoring program where church members would go to the school during lunch periods and visit with children in need of encouragement. While some in the church were excited about this new opportunity, others raised questions like, ‘We already provide supplies to the school – why should we do more?’ . . . We already do a lot for the school. We’re doing our part. What do we still lack?
“Like the rich young ruler, we may think we’ve got it all figured out. So we say to Jesus, ‘I’ve done everything you’ve asked! What do I still lack?’ In my case, Jesus said to me, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, give your time to the children of the school in your mission field; then come, follow me.’
“Jesus still calls us to God’s perfection – to grow in our awareness of God’s grace and in our understanding of his call on our lives. And Jesus calls us to do one more thing: ‘If you wish to be perfect, go.’”
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/