Psalms 131, 132, (133); Exod. 7:25-8:19; 2 Cor. 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31
I think we can all identify to some extent with the rich young ruler in Mark 10: 17-31. We're considered "good people.” But does being a “good person” entitle us to eternal life? Since the rich young ruler was wealthy, he was disappointed when Jesus said he should sell his possessions and give them to the poor. Jesus didn't say that possessing wealth was evil, but that wealth makes it difficult to enter the Kingdom of God. For this rich young ruler the obstacle was his "love of money." Apparently his worldly goals were conflicting with his spiritual goals, as they do often for us. For his people to obtain eternal life our Lord requires that He be number one in our lives. I feel that most of us have “possessions” that can prevent us from fully committing ourselves to the Lord. We have an inner battle with ourselves to put those possessions aside. Humans tend to be self-pleasing, which can conflict with making the Lord our God our priority.
"With men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible," Jesus said. How often have you tried to change a bad habit, and found you just couldn't do it on your own? Only God can change our hearts and help us to "follow Jesus." This requires committing our lives to the Lord with constant prayer and with commitment to the church to nurture our relationship with God. Who or what comes between you and God? To follow Jesus we have a choice -- continue the old life or choose a new life following Christ. It's not easy, but with God's help all things are possible. I was confirmed at St Margaret’s when I was twelve years old. This was the first stone in my foundation to commit myself to the Lord.
Alicia and Jeff Goodfellow were married at St. Margaret’s and now live in northern California with their family. Their younger son, Carter, was baptized at St. Margaret’s on Pentecost last year, a beautiful way to begin his journey with the Lord.