6th March 2019

Weighed Down By Stuff

“Let Christ himself be your example as to what your attitude should be. For he, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to his prerogatives as God’s equal, but stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man.”
Philippians 2:5-11 (Phillips)

Jesus was about to set out on his last journey to Jerusalem when a man came running up and knelt before him. It seems that he was troubled—he wanted eternal life and he was not sure he was doing what he needed to get it. He was perturbed: was there was something lacking in his life? He asked Jesus what he should do (Mark 10:17- 22).

Jesus took him through how he was living his life and then challenged him to see his shortcomings. The unpalatable answer to his question involved parting company with his wealth. It wasn’t what he wanted to hear, and he turned away disheartened. As many did, he may have seen his wealth as a sign of God’s favour and that God was pleased with him and had rewarded him. He did not realise that it was a misconception, and it stood in the way of following Jesus.

Before Jesus confronted him with the answer, Mark says that Jesus looked at him and loved him. But Jesus loves everyone, so why did Mark make a point of including this? One answer might be that Jesus saw they had something in common, because the man was extremely rich and we are told that he had great possessions. However, this rich man did not realise that the Rabbi Jesus, the Good Teacher as he called him, to whom he had just shared his concerns, was the Creator and Sustainer of everything in the universe, the One who lived in glory with his Father, and yet who gave it all up to become poor for us. He’d just brought his concerns to a far, far wealthier young man, who knew what it is like to give up all you have.

Prayer
Our Saviour, you know what it means to give up everything. Guide us in your mercy and love to see the things that we value too highly, that hold us back from following you, and give us the courage to abandon them.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck
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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The House of Friendship
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LEWES
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Sunday 11:00am

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