TODAY’S MEDITATION – Wealth is not a sign of God’s partiality (Mark 10:23-31)

Our societies today are so corrupted that we are always bombarded with messages that tell us how to be important, how to become rich, how to feel good, thus making Jesus’ teaching about serving the others a bit odd. Here, the disciples are amazed to hear Jesus say that it is very difficult for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God. My brother, my sister, you may wonder: is wealth not a blessing of God? You see, we should not be confused about true values or deceived into thinking that someone who serves the Lord or simply believes in Jesus cannot have earthly possessions. The issue Jesus was trying to show is that when we start having too many material things, we tend to become too self-reliant, and sometimes we enjoy this life so much that we forget about the most important: eternal life. That is also the reason why the world is trying to promote the false idea that only poor people seek God. My friend, God wants to bless us. Yes, When He blesses us, it is for a purpose: to be a blessing to others: “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). Yet, what do many people do once they are blessed? The unemployed who used to cry to the Lord for a job and even making promises to God start finding excuses not to go to church (the job makes them busy, the job is making them tired, etc…). My friend, wealth is not a sign of your faith or God’s special favour to you compared to anyone else, it’s the fulfillment of God’s promise that we all have access to. Whatever the Lord gives you, it is because He knows your heart and knows you are capable of doing good with it. Now, do you know your heart enough and are you sure you can handle what He wants to bless you with, the way He wants you to do it? My friend, God knows that if He blesses this person with a huge car, they will start boasting; if He blesses this other one with that great job they desire, it is only to show off… My friend, this is what we should therefore wonder about, not question the Lord about why we do not receive what we are asking Him for: how is the state of my heart? Yes, the Word of God says God gives us in proportion of our faith and also because He knows all of us: “do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” (Romans 12:3). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.