Tuesday June 26 2018

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Scripture: Matthew 19:23-30

Key verses: (25-26) “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

Reflection: What kind of things distract you from God?  What is keeping you from experiencing the Kingdom of Heaven?  Most of the people I know are burdened by all the “stuff” they own – sometimes without realizing it.  Homes, cars, boats, toys, you name it can take over our lives.  There is always something to take care of when you have a lot of possessions.  And, none of it can go with us into the Kingdom of Heaven.  I think almost everyone has seen the picture of a hearse towing a U-Haul trailer.  The Egyptian kings and queens were buried with all of their wealth and possessions.  But none of us, no matter how hard we try can take all of our stuff with us – at least not into God’s kingdom. In Ancient Israel, wealth and possessions were thought of as a sign of God’s favor and blessing.  From the disciple’s point of view, a rich person would most certainly have a place of honor in God’s kingdom based on this alone.  But, Jesus challenged their understanding by saying it would be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven if they are overly attached to their possessions.  Only God can save us. God knows our hearts and where our attachments lie.  There is a song I recently heard by the group Selah called Broken Ladders that reminds me of the kind of striving after things that is often part of our lives. I hope you will go on-line and listen to it and then, consider what you are holding on to that might be keeping you from experiencing the joy of eternal life right now.

You never asked me to be king

Build my tower up to the sky

So why do I try

You never asked me to be rich

Buy the things that gold can buy

So why do I try All You ever wanted was my heart

My heart, my simple heart

To You that’s all that really matters

Why do I feel I have to reach

Believe I have to rise

When You never said I had to climb

These broken ladders

 

You never asked me to be complete

By myself, find all I need

So why do I try

Oh, You never asked me to stand alone

Face the struggles on my own

So why do I try

 

When all You ever wanted was my heart

My heart, my simple heart

To You that’s all that really matters

Why do I feel I have to reach

Believe I have to rise

When You never said I had to climb

These broken ladders

 

‘Cause all they do is take

My eyes off of You

Make me forget the truth

 

All You ever wanted was my heart

My heart, my simple heart

To You that’s all that really matters

Why do I feel I have to reach

Believe I have to rise

When You never said I had to climb

Oh, You never said I had to climb

These broken ladders

Oh, these broken ladders

Broken Ladders by Selah, From the Album Unbreakable 

Prayer: Eternal God, help us to let go of the things that are keeping us from you.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Author: Deborah Conner

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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