October 10, 2018
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Hebrews 3:12-19; Mark 10:17-22.
Alleluia. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Alleluia.
How often do you think about how God has blessed you? Perhaps, you pray to God every day and thank him for all he has given you. Perhaps it is only once a week or maybe not at all. When we stop and think about it, our very life is a gift from God. Everything we own, possess, or are given belong to God. But the problem is, we don’t often think in these terms. It’s my money! It’s my car! It’s my house! We earned it! If Jesus came and confronted us, just like the rich young man, how would we respond? “You lack one thing; go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Most of us would find it very difficult to give away absolutely everything we have.
As Jesus confronts the rich young man, he is also teaching him whose wealth he is handling. This is what we pray in the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Give us this day our daily bread. Luther explains this as more than just food. In fact, we pray that God give us everything we need for our daily life. And God has given us everything… body, soul, clothes, food, house, parents, siblings, money, furniture, books, games, etc. He has made us stewards over his creation, to be used to His glory. But even more so, he shows us how to be good stewards as Jesus invites us to follow him. For Jesus did give up everything. He gave up his heavenly throne, a home and family, wealth… and most of all, his own life for our sake. Jesus who was rich, gave it all away to give to the poor. He gave up everything that he may bless us, who are poor in spirit. By his death, Jesus glorifies His Heavenly Father by giving to all who are poor. Jesus invites us to follow him, that as his faithful stewards, we glorify God with everything he has given us. Thus, we use what God has given us to help our neighbor, our time, money, talents, etc. This is summed up well in the verse of the day… Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ! Alleluia!
Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace always precedes and follows us, help us to forsake all trust in earthly gain and to find in You our heavenly treasure; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!