Encounters with Jesus - Day 6 (7 September 2019)

Morning Encounter:


As Jesus was walking down a road, a man ran up to him. He knelt down, and asked, “Good teacher, what can I do to have eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good. You know the commandments. ‘Do not murder. Be faithful in marriage. Do not steal. Do not tell lies about others. Do not cheat. Respect your father and mother.’” The man answered, “Teacher, I have obeyed all these commandments since I was a young man.” Jesus looked closely at the man. He liked him and said, “There’s one thing you still need to do. Go sell everything you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come with me.” When the man heard Jesus say this, he went away gloomy and sad because he was very rich.

(Mark 10.17-22)


Most people came to Jesus in great need and distress and left joyful. This is the only person recorded in the New Testament to have left Jesus with sadness. Although Jesus ‘liked him’ he would not lower the demands of discipleship to make exception for him. His wealth was the thing that held him back from being a disciple. The other disciples had left everything to follow Jesus. 


Read this story slowly and as often as you are able. How might God wish to speak to you today?


Midday Meditation:

‘Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.’

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Evening Reflection:

Praise the Lord and pray in his name!
Tell everyone what he has done.
Sing praises to the Lord!
Tell about his miracles.
Celebrate and worship his holy name with all your heart.

Trust the Lord and his mighty power.
Remember his miracles and all his wonders and his fair decisions.
You belong to the family of Abraham, his servant; you are his chosen ones, the descendants of Jacob

(From Psalm 105)

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