DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 22 July 2023: Wealth and Heaven
Key Verse: “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” – (Mark 10:17)
TEXT: Mark 10:17-27 (KJV)
17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Robert Arthington lived in a single room, cooked his own meals and shared his friendship with students who were in need. Yet he gave tremendous amounts of money during his lifetime to Christian missions. When he died, his estate was worth about five million dollars, which he willed to missions. Arthington was determined to make that kind of self-denial the pattern for his life.
From our text, a rich young man came to Jesus to ask what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus first gave him the basic requirements. He hastily concluded that he has met those conditions. Jesus knew what his problem was – his trust in riches. He then asked him to go sell all he had and follow him. A requirement the rich man was not able to meet.
We need to make the distinction here between being wealthy and trusting in wealth. Jesus did not condemn this man because of his riches. The problem here was his insatiable trust in wealth; to the extent that his riches became his idol. Anything we hold dear to our hearts or that is more valuable in our eyes than God becomes an idol. It could be money, property, our position or even self. Once we can abandon God in favour of a thing, that thing becomes more important than God in our lives and an idol to us.
We must not trust in riches like this young man, to the extent that we are willing to abandon faith in Christ and heaven in favour of an earthly, ephemeral thing. An end will come one day and everything we put our confidence upon shall be left behind. Our prayer today should be that the Lord will help us to give Him first place in our lives.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: True riches are found in God.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 9-12
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Wealth and Heaven – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 22 July 2023