St. Edmund's Church, Crickhowell
Encounters with Jesus -
The Rich Man
We all tend to think of "the rich" as those who have more wealth than we have. In comparison with the vast majority of the world's people we in the UK are all among the rich. We need, therefore, to look at this story very carefully.
Dream a little. What single thing would signal to you that you had finally reached the ranks of the rich. Flying First Class? Front row seats at the Millenium Centre? Or what?
Read Mark 10: 13 - 31.
The story of the rich man's encounter with Jesus is preceded by Jesus extoling the virtue of child-like faith. A deliberate contrast seems intended between the children and the rich man.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross!
[Philippians 2: 5-8]
As always Jesus himself is the great example of one who let nothing stand in the way of doing the will of God. Praise God for his humility and obedience, and ask for the grace to be more like him.
6/10 pgm Last updated 3.11.2004