Putting God First

It is hard to let go of our ways and rely on God, but scripture teaches us to “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”.It may seem we gain and receive by our own hand, but truly all that is given us it is allowed by God(Philippians 4:6-8).

The world will make you think the more you have the better you are doing, and nothing could be further from the truth. There are endless sad stories of people who seem as though they had it all like million dollar homes or the finest this world offers yet commit suicide. I’d like to say here that there is nothing wrong with enjoying the fruits of your labor as this is a blessing from God, it is when things take preeminence over having what’s needed and being content.We see this lesson and it’s jeopardy by the story of the rich man who asked Jesus what must he do to inherit eternal life?Jesus answer gives us the great answer of putting God and not things in the center of our lives.

(Mark 10:17-25)

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.

 

 

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