“Do you know how close to the truth you really are?”
"As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.” “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth." Mark 10:17-22
Pastor Eli Nelson spoke a great word for the second week of our Gold Digger series.
He began with the scripture above, and focused on the attitude and heart of the man who called him “good.” It was during this time when no one was considered to be truly good. Only God could be called and known as good, and this man knew who Jesus was.
Pastor Eli brought to our attention that this man acted as though he knew Jesus, but the posture of his heart kept him from the truth. He was so close to knowing the truth, but his dependence for provision was in possessions and not in God.
As a people of God, we cannot serve both God and money, so is your confidence in wealth or is it in Jesus?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
Our attitude toward possessions has a powerful ability to expose the true nature of our hearts. You can’t be selfish with something that isn’t yours, but you can treat wealth as a provider and miss the truth of the one who truly provides.
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