“Daddy, even my stuffed animals?”
Devotional Thought of the Day:
17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away very sad, for he had many possessions. Mark 10:17-22 (NLT)
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. Isaiah 53:11 (NLT)
299 If there is sacrifice when you sow Love, you will also reap Love.
The other night my 7 year old son and I were doing our devotions and came to the reading above. It was a defining moment for him I think. As we talked about the rich young man, I asked my son what he would be asked to sell.
He thought for a moment, and tears began to fall from his eyes, as he included his beloved stuffed animals, his “friends”.
Three of them, “brown bear”, “blue bear” and “galoshes” have been with him since the day he was born. Others he’s picked up along the way. He even asked me to teach him microsoft access, so he could create his own database to record all of them, nearly 100 at this point in time.
They are his treasures, what makes him quite rich in his mind. They are even more important to him than his electronics, for those are fun, these friends thought, provide great comfort, and a sense of peace.
But he quickly, even through the tears, realized God was worth more to him than his stuffed friends. Through the tears, and yet with a smile showing as well he said he would choose Jesus over his friends. We talked about what idols are, and how things like riches got in the way of the rich young ruler’s relationship with God – given a choice he took them over walking with Jesus.
As a father, I couldn’t be more proud, and as a pastor the same thing is true, I am quite proud of a seven year old, who could process this concept, that the God who he cannot physically see is far more important that what He counts on in life.
I wonder about my own life, would I be as quick to decide to give up what hinders my life from God? Would the people I pastor? Can we find the strength to walk away, even with tears, and yet a smile breaking forth as we realize the glory that God has called us into, to be His kids? Could we commit to giving up what brings us comfort and peace? Can we give up the things that we run to when the world is too rough?
it is the lesson of Christ as well, who sacrificed for the love He had for us, and for the Father..To bring together that which was separated by sin. In the end, the satisfaction is far greater than any scar, any suffering, and sacrifice.
Can we learn a lesson from a seven year old, and treasure the Lord who sees us as His treasure?
Lord, have mercy upon us, and give us the faith of a child!
Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 1219-1220). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.