FRIDAY, MAY 21
The man replied, “I’ve carefully obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Luke 18:21-22 (NLT)
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE – KEYS: NO DOORS LOCKED
Many writers have told the traditional story of the thirteenth century Catholic theologian, Thomas Aquinas, who visited the Vatican in Rome. He was escorted through the fine buildings housing the vast Papal treasury. The Pope, referring to himself as Peter’s successor, also referred to the instance in the Book of Acts of the lame man who was healed at the Temple gate. The Pope gestured to the incredible display of gold, wealth and precious jewels and said to Aquinas, “Peter can longer say, ‘Silver and gold have I none.’” Aquinas, upon hearing that statement, turned and said to the Pope, “And neither can he say, ‘Rise up and walk in the Name of Jesus!’”
Aquinas believed the church had plenty of possessions but had lost the power and passion of Christ. The man in Luke 18 was willing to follow Jesus as long as it didn’t cost him his possessions. There isn’t anything wrong with having possessions as long as they don’t possess us. They possess us when they become more important than loving God and loving others. It’s been said we should love people and use possessions instead of loving possessions and using people.
Jesus taught in Matthew 6:21 that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Often, we can track what has filled our heart by where we spend our money. What does your spending say about your heart for God? Can you think of a way you can use your possessions today to show your love for God or someone else?
Praise God for the treasures of grace and your relationship with Him. Praise God for the people in your life that you treasure more than the possessions in your life.