its a tough call….


I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend.  The weather in Cornwall UK was patchy to say the least but when the sun came out it was great and we made the most of it outside with family.

This patchy weather reminded me that my Christian walk at work can also be patchy.

Something I am always getting wrong is the fact that all too often I find myself relying at work on my own ability, fighting to succeed using what I think are my own skills etc etc and not bringing God into every situation.

Matthew 19 v 16 to 23 tells us of someone who sadly reminds me of me. A chap came to Jesus to ask Him I guess how to live and how to secure eternal life.

This event took place in the life of a wealthy man ( not that I am ££ wealthy), a person we might think had no poverty of spirit due to his wealth. Surely, none of us would fit into that category! But is that so? Could we, too, be rejecting the Kingdom of God and rejecting the real enjoyment of being a Christian because we have great possessions—possessions in terms of preconceived ideas, confidence in our own judgment, and familiar and traditional beliefs? Do we always seek God’s counsel first when these come into question?

How about intellectual pride born of academic distinction in school? Knowledge puffs up (I Corinthians 8:1). How about habits of life that we have no desire to give up and never consider that they may not glorify God? What about the fear of public ridicule because we are too interested in worldly honor and distinction? Are any of these less important barriers to full access to God than the rich young man’s trust in his wealth?

The rich young man is a tragic figure not because he was rich. Wealth is neither good nor evil of itself. However, his barrier was that he was enslaved to his wealth. He was not free to give himself to God unreservedly. He had an unrealistic appraisal of himself and his money; both were too important to his sense of well-being. He could have been a multibillionaire in silver and gold, as long as his heart was not set on them. A group of University/College students from USA were with us yesterday and reminded us that where our heart is that is where our treasure is.

 With the correct attitude, this rich man of Matthew 19 would have been just as free as the poorest beggar to enter God’s Kingdom. Yet, when the opportunity arose, he could not bring himself to submit to God in the flesh.

Godly humility is based on a true appraisal of ourselves in relation to God, and this must be combined with willing submission to Him, the self being a secondary consideration. Before he abhorred himself, Job was not this way, arguing with God and His laws.

So even though I do struggle with keeping the right focus I believe that God wants to be a real part of my work life and I must get rid of relying on me and rely on Him.

Its a tough call but worth it.


We press on

One thought on “its a tough call….

  1. Very interesting and thought provoking subject Mark. It seems to follow on from the “Love the Lord God with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself” teaching. However……. I have come to a startling conclusion with the subject of the rich young man. :and it is not a conclusion that would make me popular with fellow christians, so I dont know whether to air my views or not. What do you think . Would anyone like me to say what I think.?

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