Thursday, April 10, 2014

Morning Psalms: 131, 132, 133 | Evening Psalms: 140, 142
Exodus 7:25—8:19 | 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 | Mark 10:17-31
 
In the tenth chapter of Mark we read the story of the rich young man. He comes to Jesus looking to discover what he can do to inherit eternal life. This is a man who has seemingly followed all the rules. When Jesus recites portions of the law to him he responds “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” Surely this is a man worthy of the Kingdom of God.
 
Jesus’ next words, however, reveal where the young man’s heart truly is. In telling him to sell all he has, Jesus exposes the idol in the young man’s life. The one thing he loved more than God was money. We look at the young man in this story and feel sad. We want to tell him that what he would be gaining is far greater than what he would lose.
 
In Lent many of us give something up. For some of us it is television, or an unhealthy food. Some prefer larger challenges. A friend of mine once tried to give up getting angry. So many of us have given something up for Lent, but before we decided, did we ask God to reveal what it should be? It is good to give up luxuries and comforts for the glory of God, but perhaps in these final few days before Easter it would be wise to use our time to invite the Holy Spirit to examine us anew and reveal the idols in our own lives. Ask the Spirit to reveal that which has become a barrier between us and Jesus. In taking this moment to reflect and let the Spirit work, we ask to see what God would have us give up so that we might come closer to Him: the true object of our adoration.
 
Holy Spirit, examine our hearts and minds to reveal to us those things that we place before our Lord. We pray that in so revealing these things to us You might also give us the strength to repent of our idolatry; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
David Pennylegion
MDiv Student
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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