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Mark 10:20-23

 

“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him.

“There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him.

“Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor,

And you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,

“How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”

 

In part three of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" we turn to Mark's account of a dialog between Jesus and a rich man.  Two-thirds of Jesus's parables had to do with money.  Next to praise and worship, money is the second most talked about subject in the Bible.  Why are we talking about money?  Isn't this devotion series about love?  Yes it is and let's look carefully at the connection between these two subjects.  The rich man is telling Jesus that he has obeyed all the commandments and things should be going much better for him than they are.  The rich man was looking for absolution from Jesus and a "well done" comment that was not forthcoming.  Instead, Jesus told the rich man to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor.  As our Scripture says, this made the rich man very sad, as he had many possessions.  Money is not the root of all evil.  The LOVE of money is!  Jesus told all of us that we can't serve two masters.  Regardless of what the rich man had done, he was not going to enjoy the blessings of God until he realized this fact.  This is why Jesus told him to sell ALL of his possessions.  Notice that for Jesus it is all or nothing.  Does Jesus want us all to be poor?  No He doesn't, but there are different kinds of rich!  Jesus understands the temptations that money brings.  I have seen it in my life and in the lives of others.  That's why tithing is such an important concept.  It is a discipline of regularly giving up at least a portion of what we think we own.   This lets us not be a slave to money, but serve God fully.  Notice that when Jesus looked at the rich man, He felt genuine love for him.  God loves everyone.  The power of that love in our lives depends on us.  Greed blocks God's love.  Don't forget that.  It is what Jesus was trying to tell the rich man.  Give it all to Jesus.  "It All Belongs To Him Anyway!"