Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Mark 10:21)
I'm having a hard think about my lifestyle this week. You know, it's so easy to downplay verses like this. To say, hey, Jesus said different things to different people in different circumstances, so what he said to this guy isn't necessarily what he has to say to me. This is true. But what if, even so, this is a message for me? What if God is saying, you shouldn't rush past these words so easily? I think I need to sit with this. Some further downshifting may be called for.
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I understand what you’re saying because I struggle with these passages and try to get my wife to come around to it but years of sole emphasis on Nicodemus’ conversation with Jesus about being born again has taken its toll. It’s like the only verse concerning eternal life many people I know hear is that only one. Whereas Jesus did have many conversations with people about it and his answer varied. It’s only healthy to take seriously what Jesus said to all those other people as well as what he said to Nicodemus.
OPEN HOUSE segment on Sydney Radio Hope 103.2 is featuring a segment by a world-renowned theologian who has done extensive research and study on the teachings of Jesus about money. This should shed some light on the issue for Christians who want to live authentically discipled to Christ regarding financial matters.
I know I need to learn more about this. I think I have a pretty good idea and do practical things to live out my belief that we need to give of everything we have been blessed with, including money, but I am always interested in interpretations of the Scriptures, especially by people who have a good understanding of the life and times of Jesus and an intelligent approach to how that applies to us today.
If I can’t tune in on Sunday night, I’ll certainly visit the website for the podcast on this topic…
By the way, the time of the Radio show is 22.00pm AESTD Sunday 8th August…