Today's Daily Bread
A RICH RULER
1. The rich ruler (18-22)
The young man asked the right question (18).
But behind his words lay an idea that he could earn the right to enter heaven by his own goodness. He saw Jesus as a good teacher. But Jesus challenged him to make a total commitment of himself to Jesus. Jesus wanted his heart. It is hard for a person with wealth and much ability to give up everything to follow Jesus. But it is more than worth the cost.
2. What is impossible with man is possible with God (23-30)
This man went away sad because he couldn't commit to Jesus. Then Jesus remarked how hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples were confused because they believed the rich were blessed by God. They wondered who then can be saved? Jesus taught them this is only possible through God and his saving grace. Peter realized that he had left everything to follow Jesus. Then, Jesus proclaimed that those who do so are truly blessed and will receive more in this life and in the age to come. Whatever we commit to the Lord, our God, for whom nothing is impossible, will bless us and do far more than we dream or imagine (Eph 3:20,21).