“May the working of your mercy, O Lord, we pray, direct our hearts aright, for without your grace we cannot find favor in your sight. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
Outside of Christ, we can do nothing. Through Christ, we can do everything we need to do. It turns out, when you are filled with Christ, there isn’t room for covetous desires, materialism, or the desire for man’s approval. Jesus talked about money and possessions more than almost anything else. In Matthew 19, he tells a man to sell everything he owns, and claims it’s easier to drag a camel through the eye of a needle than for the rich to come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
How does anyone get saved? That’s the disciples’ response to Christ’s “eye of the needle” story. To them, the rich were already “blessed,” so if they can’t get into heaven, who can? Jesus flips their thinking. Money, clothes, possessions, and comfort don’t make you rich or blessed. What blesses you is the healing love of the Father and the sacrificial love of the Son. With man, it’s impossible for anyone to enter into the Kingdom, but with God all things are possible.
The example of Christ is an example of contentment. Lent is a time where we refine ourselves and find out what we really need, and when it comes down to it, the Cross should suffice.
Prayer points // Pray for God to show you where you have bought into the lies of materialism.
Scripture Mediation // Matthew 19:21-30