June 8, 2015
Focus scripture: As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked "Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?" Mark 10:17
What brings you security?
The man in the passage for today, knows the scriptures. He has kept the commandments. He hasn't harmed others, or taken advantage of them. He hasn't cheated his neighbor.
But Jesus looks at this man and with great love and compassion reveals the one thing that is hindering him from fully experiencing the presence of God in his life. While the man wanted the peace that can only come from God, in order to receive it he had to let go of the very thing in his life that brought about a false sense of security, his wealth.
We all have something in our life that we tangibly hold onto that brings about security, that in a moments notice could be gone. It feeds into our basic fears and robs us of God's eternal peace.
We are told that the man went away saddened, when Jesus tells him what he needed to do. I can relate to this man's sorrow.
Throughout the gospel we are challenged to let go of our lives in order to be filled with the presence of Christ and that is a hard process. Because whatever we are holding onto means so much to us and brings us security, but in letting go we are given peace and security that is beyond measure.
Prayer: God help me to let go of the things in my life that create a barrier between me and you. Amen.