Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Matthew 19:23-30 and Psalm 145:1-8
We alluded to today’s passage on Wednesday. Jesus tells his disciples that stuff gets in the way of being a disciple. We get so attached to our stuff that when Jesus calls on us to lay it aside, we go sadly go away, just like the rich young ruler. We get so attached to stuff that we twist the message of the Gospel into a get rich quick scheme.
When we work diligently to obey God, when we remain faithful to his calling, when we work to bless others while giving no thought to repayment, when we love fiercely, remain in prayer, show hospitality, and build up others with our gifts, and when we have a servant’s heart, then God will reward us. But the reward should not be our motivation. The calling itself should be.
Seek to live a lifestyle of servanthood. Never be above doing the most menial of tasks. Always follow God’s leading. There will be times when you must be vigilant that the evil one does not lead you astray, even with things that seem to be good. There will be other times when you want to do one thing, but God wants you to do another. Give up your agenda and take Christ’s. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.