A verse in Mark Chapter 10, today’s reading, says how “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” [v.23]

It set us thinking as to what constitutes wealth today?  There would be different answers in different countries!  The young man to whom Jesus said this “had great possessions” {v.22] The previous verses says, “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him”

Why did Jesus have that attitude?  Well, from verse 17 we read that this young man “ran up and knelt before him”  and  in the ensuring conversation about  the commandments of God said, “Teacher all these I have kept from my youth “ [v.20].     But the young man admits he has “great possessions” and, when told to “sell all that you have”, he went away “sorrowful.”  Does this mean that if you have few or no possessions and no money in the bank you are going to be in the kingdom of God?   No, it does not!

James, in his epistle, writes, “Listen my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom” [2 v.5]  There we see the heart of the matter – “rich in faith” – spiritual wealth and James goes on to say (v.14-17) how we show our faith by how Christ-like we become and  what we do in our lives, our priorities.

Now back to our question at the beginning – what constitutes wealth today?  We live in a vastly different world to the First Century. The great majority have forms of “wealth” which invite them to occupy their minds with various pursuits day after day.

Jesus invited the young man to “come follow meafter he had disposed of his wealth. So, we reason, there are all kinds of things today that can distract us from effectively following Jesus. Yet some of those things, put to theright use, can help us to do that – the internet and emailing being an example.

There is a theory, that cannot be proved, but is interesting; that the young man did end up following Jesus; he is the one who “sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet” [Acts 4 v.37]  So many have forms of “wealth” today – “how difficult” that makes it for us to effectively follow Jesus and truly make him our Lord.

By Bro D.Caudery

Click HERE for previous thoughts

Follow us on our dedicated Facebook page
Facebook Page ‘Alethia’ BibleTruthandProphecy
Or our website
BibleTruthandProphecy (Subscribe for updates)

If you would like to subscribe to our YouTube channel, once you have clicked ‘Subscribe’ make sure you click the cog next to the subscribe button and select ‘Send me all notifications for this channel’

Note: Bad language and comments with links to other videos or websites will be removed.

Download our ‘Free’ Bible APP – ‘KeyToThe Bible’ for i-phone or Android
Download here…

Other Christadelphian Channels we recommend

Bible Truth and Prophecy, – Welcome to our channel run by the Christadelphians Worldwide to help promote the understanding of God’s Word to those who are seeking the Truth about the Human condition and Gods plan and Purpose with the Earth and Mankind upon it.
We are always keen to receive your feedback, you may leave comments in the comments area below or alternatively email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you with a reply as soon as we can.

For more information on the Christadelphians

Read a variety of booklets on-line concerning various key Bible subjects.
Free Bible Booklets

Bible Truth & Prophecy is a remarkable on-line tool for establishing just how far removed from the teachings of the Bible mainstream Christian teaching has become.

End Time Prophecies are interpreted using the Bible, not man made ideas or notions.
Key Biblical subjects such as the Trinity, Devil/Satan worship, Holy Spirit Gifts & much more are all dealt with extensively from the Bible’s viewpoint and not man’s.We will demonstrate how Christian beliefs have become corrupted, and reveal the ‘Truth’ as taught by the 1st Century Apostles.

Make A Comment

Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.