god and money – april 4

Reading: Matthew 19, Highlighted Passage: 19:16-26

O how I wish there was more room for maneouvre in this story! As far as the world today is concerned the rich man is me. I have so much stuff. Its very easy to justify why i need it but how do I make sure it doesn’t get in the way of my relationship with God.

I can sanitise Jesus’ words and not obey – tell myself that I am not like the rich young man in the story – but in the end I have to ask myself – am I just unwilling to be that radical?

I am reminded of two things

1. My visit to the slums in Nairobi – see previous blog post here

2. A comment from Brian McLaren: ‘What do you give to the person with everything? You teach them who to thank!…. and that their riuches and comfort are at the expense of others who do not have the basic necessities of life’


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