Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 19, 2007
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 19, 2007
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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What must I do?
"And behold, one came up to him, saying, 'Teacher,
what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?'"
A wealthy person wants to know from Jesus what he
has to do to get eternal life. The Teacher answered
his question with a question, and the two have a
profound conversation. It does not matter if we
are rich or poor, old or young, male or female,
lesbian or gay or heterosexual. It is a question
we all have. What do we have to do to get eternal
life? How can we live forever?
Jesus and the wealthy man engage in respectful
conversation. You have to obey the commandments,
replied Jesus. Which ones, asks the Jewish seeker.
Jesus cites only six of the Ten Commandments. Oh,
the Jewish man exclaimed in relief. I have done
all those. What do I lack?
We are told that the rich man's face became very
sad when he heard the Teacher's answer. Jesus
bluntly told him to give all his possessions to
the poor. He would then have treasure in heaven.
This nameless, wealthy man then received a personal
invitation by Jesus to come and follow him. The
young man had great wealth and left saddened. All
his money could not buy, barter, or bribe God into
giving him eternal life.
Does this story mean we each must give away all our
possessions before following Jesus in discipleship?
Of course not! But perhaps there are possessions,
wealth, or relationships that we worship and honor
more than God in our lives. What might they be?
Are they hindering our life with Jesus? What must
we do for eternal life? Salvation is free.
Discipleship is a lifetime of following Jesus.
This includes how we use our money.
Richard Foster wrote, "Our study of money leads us
to one inescapable conclusion: we who follow Jesus
Christ are called to a vow of simplicity. This
vow is not for the dedicated few but for all. It
is not an option to take or leave depending on our
personal preference. All who name Christ as Lord
and Savior are obliged to follow what he says, and
Jesus' call to discipleship in money can best be
summed up in the single word simplicity. Simplicity
seeks to do justice to our Lord's many-faced teachings
about money light and dark, giving and receiving,
trust, contentment, and faith. Simplicity means
unity of heart and singleness of purpose. We have
only one desire; to obey Christ in all things . . .
we have only one use for money: to advance his kingdom
upon the earth" (Richard J. Foster. "The Challenge
of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on
Money, Sex, and Power," p. 71).
God, where are we in this story today? What does
this mean in our lives? Are we willing to follow
Jesus? Teach us how to use our money for you. Help
us give with generous hearts. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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