One of the recurring themes of Scripture is that God will turn things on its head. The rich will become poor, the ones with power will have little power, the poor will be raised up, etc., etc. We encounter this in Mark 10 today.
A rich young man comes to Jesus asking what he must do to inherit eternal life. After telling him a litany of commandments, which he declares he has followed, Jesus answers with, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me”
Unable to do so, the rich young man leaves grieving.
At points in scripture we see how great wealth can be a blessing and a vehicle of God’s grace or God’s wrath, but this is not the message we get from Jesus. He is emphatic that money corrupts spiritual health. He demands that our priority must be to follow him. All else it seems is secondary.
How can we live into such words?
What in our lives do we need to turn on its head?
How is God challenging us to greater spiritual health in the midst of plenty?
How can God use us to build up treasure in heaven?