Posted on 15 Jun 2016 10:26

Wednesday, June 15,2016

Mark 10:23 (KJV)

23. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

God has a surprising spin on wealth. From His perspective, you can be "well off" when it comes to worldly treasures and yet be in dire poverty in your soul. Or you can be poor in terms of earthside stuff and be lavishly rich by God's standards.

I'm reminded of the story of the wealthy young ruler. After a talking with Jesus about life, Jesus asked him to sell his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Him. Unfortunately, the man "went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions" (Mark 10:22). This was a lesson to His disciples concerning, "How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the Kingdom of God!" (v.23)

It is not that Jesus is against wealth, just that He is grieved by anything that we value more than Him. We can work hard and make money, but when those things are the main pursuit of life, then Jesus isn't.

Placing Him first and foremost in our lives is the key to true prosperity.

Don't allow riches, or the pursuit of riches, to derail your pursuit of Jesus, the true treasure.

Be Blessed in All Things.

Rev. Sherry Curry

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