IMAGINE THROUGH SACRIFICE
Today’s Scripture: “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” - Matthew 6:20
Today’s Thought: Let’s think about the “rich young ruler” from Mark 10:17-27. He asked Jesus how to attain eternal life. The Bible says that Jesus looked at him and loved him. Through His love, Jesus asked for sacrifice. (Interesting...quite the opposite of what we would probably ask from someone we love.) Jesus asked him to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and follow Him. This young man left because the sacrifice was too high. What if he had sold all that he owned and followed Jesus? Perhaps we would know his name. Perhaps there would be another epistle in the Bible for us to read...another Peter, another James, another John, or another Paul. Instead, we simply know him as a man who was too attached to his stuff to respond to the greatest invitation he ever received. Wealth, in itself, is not sinful. But when the attachment to wealth, or pleasure, or comfort, or time keeps you from being obedient to a call to sacrifice, then it is a problem.
Today’s Prayer: 0 gracious God! I do not want to be like the rich young ruler! I want to store treasures in heaven. Help me to detach myself from anything that keeps me from having an eternal perspective!