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Matthew 19:16-22 (NIV)
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Today’s text gave life direction to Francis of Assisi.
What directions, if any, does the text give you?
Write down the direction God may be asking you to take.
God, I am so grateful for the many blessings that I have been given. Please don’t allow possessions to interfere with my discretion to follow Your Will. Keep my focus on You first and Your Word and then on the poor and needy. Guide me to trust You with my life and be generous with what You have given me to use it for Your glory. Help me to recognize if my wealth gets in the way of living for You and to be able to give up any riches that get in the way of my relationship with You. Amen