Devotion – August 28, 2015 – Wealthy in God's Eyes

mark10_25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God
—Mark 10:25

Jesus told this to His disciples right after a wealthy, young Jewish man asked what he needed to do to get into heaven. Jesus mentions the commandments; though He doesn’t say the man can get into heaven by them.  The young, rich man responds that he has kept all the commandments since his youth.  He is telling Jesus that his works should be enough to get him into heaven, but Jesus knows the truth.  This man hasn’t kept commandments, at least not the first one (Thou shalt have no gods before Me) and Jesus points this out with His response.

“You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
-Mark 10:21

The Scriptures say the man went away sorrowful because he had great wealth.

The man was indeed wealthy in his own eyes, not just with money, but with his works.  After all, in his mind he had kept all the commandments since his youth.  However, the man wasn’t truly wealthy in the way that matters…in faith.  He wanted to earn his way to heaven, but the reality is that he couldn’t, none of us can.  It is only by grace that we are saved, not by our works.  But thank God for that, because the truth is our works aren’t that great.

When we think that we are wealthy before God by our works, we are like the camel trying to fit through the eye of the needle; but blessed are the poor in spirit, those who realize their poverty before God, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for Your grace and mercy.  I know that my works do not make me wealthy in Your eyes, but Your love and grace make me wealthier than any one on the Forbes top 100 list.

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