- Today’s Reading:
- Matthew 19:13 - 30
- Psalm 24:1 - 10
Matthew 19:13 - 30
The majority of this reading had to do with people who are wealthy entering the Kingdom of Heaven. I think that many people believe that becoming wealthy will solve all their problems. Sure, it will make big things in their lives easier. So many people struggle just to pay their bills and keep food on their tables and keep the utilities on and keep a roof over their heads. So yes, of course having wealth does make life easier.
I think the problem with wealth and salvation is coming to depend on your wealth. Your wealth might make you powerful in today's world, but Jesus says the following about the times after His return:
many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. (19:30)You can't buy your way into Heaven. Likewise, your wealth cannot become more important to you than God is. Do not let money become your God. Thou shalt have no other Gods before God almighty, and that doesn't just mean people. It means anything that becomes more important to you than God is.
I think it's hard for people who work so hard and work their way up to wealth to remember that they would be nothing without God. There's a lot to be said for hard work and being self sufficient. Just don't lose sight of God while you're getting there and once you are there.
If you lost it all today, where would you stand with God? Evaluate yourself and evaluate your motives. Because when you die, that's where you are going to be -- standing before the Lord with none of your wealth or possessions to hide behind. Are you strong enough to stand on your own before the Lord Almighty?
Psalm 24:1 - 10
Psalm 24 tells us to let the King of Glory enter into our hearts. It says that only those people"whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies" (24:4) can have a relationship with the Lord.
I've said it before and I'll say it again -- I know that is true, because I feel the riff each time I choose to sin and then have to come back to the Lord and beg for forgiveness. I know that intimacy lacks between me and the Lord until I can get myself right with Him again. I much prefer the feeling of being close to the Lord over sensing the widening of the chasm between us.
So I must open my gates and let the King of Glory in. I don't know why I think that any sin is ever worth losing that. I guess that's the condition of having human flesh. It's a constant battle, but I intend to come out on top of this one!