What Must I Do?



Background passage: Luke 10:25-37
Daily reading: Luke 18:18-25
Monday, August 24, 2015

Focus scripture: “A certain young ruler asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” Luke 18:18

This story is very similar to our focus passage for the week.  Here a rich ruler asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.    What he is really looking for is to hear from Jesus that he is righteous.   His focus is on himself and Jesus can see right through it so he tells him to let go of all that he owns and give the proceeds from selling everything to the poor.  We then read that he goes away sad.
He like the lawyer in Luke 10:25-37 believes that a life of faithfulness is marked by doing something so that they can obtain eternal life; in the same way that we make a to-do list for our day.  We go through the day finishing tasks.  Faithfulness however is a lifestyle not a task to be completed.

What if instead of asking what we need to do to obtain eternal life, instead we focus on the gracious presence of God in our lives and how we are to faithfully respond that presence?

How do we respond to the love and mercy that God showers us with that is ultimately given not earned?

Faithfulness then isn’t a final exam to be mastered, but a life of living and responding to an amazing gift.

Take time to consider what it is in your life that hinders you from growing in your faithfulness.  For the man in today’s passage it is his wealth.  Are you able to give away what is blocking you for a deeper relationship with God for something more lasting and satisfying that what money can buy?

Prayer: God help me to love you with all of my heart, soul, strength and mind and help me to love my neighbor as I love myself.  Amen.

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