“Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done…Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” – Mark 10:21 NKJV
Have you ever wondered why Jesus would ask a wealthy man to give all he had to the poor? Was it really about the poor? No! To Jesus, it was really about what the man placed value on. He came to Jesus asking for ‘eternal life’ not knowing that he was talking to the “Eternal Life”. All Jesus asked the man to do was to put aside everything that stood in the way of him gaining eternal life, but he could not see past and missed what he came looking for.
The issue has never been with wealth or abundance, but about the value placed on them in our lives. Many people hold on to relationships, jobs, status, qualifications and so on which could serve as road blocks in truly following Jesus! What defines you? Is it your wealth, your name or your influence? Your self-worth should come from Jesus and not your achievements.
Confession: I surrender all to You and I give You first place in my life in Jesus name, Amen.