Daily Service: Is your wealth a stumbling block?

I read this morning during my devotions about a wealthy man relying on himself. I also thought of the rich young ruler in the gospels

Proverbs 18:11 NKJV The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem.

18:11 In imagining that their wealth is their strongest defense, rich people are sadly mistaken. Money cannot guarantee safety—it can lose its power in too many ways. The government may cease to back it; thieves may steal it; inflation may rob it of all value. But God never loses his power. We can always depend on him. Where do you look for security and safety—uncertain wealth or our always-faithful God?

Mark 10:17-27 AMP And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]? And Jesus said to him, why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good—except God alone. You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, and honor your father and mother. [Exod. 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20.] And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood. And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, you lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk]. At that saying the man’s countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, with what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God! And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and to one another, Then who can be saved? Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God. [1]


[1] The Amplified Bible (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1987), Mk 10:17–27.

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