I guess I am simply greedy. I want more. I read Luke 18:18-30 (ESV) and wondered if I was thinking wrongly about the things that I want. It is the story of the rich young ruler who came to Jesus and realised his life was empty in spite of all his material wealth.
18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]”
21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
In my journal I wrote,
“I wonder how much people would pay to serve with Prime minister Modi, President Obama or General Secretary Ban Ki-moon for a day, week, month or year? My guess is a lot!
“So in the light of the Biblical promise and of the idea of training and equipping ringing in my thinking, I asked what am I receiving now?
- the joy of knowing God
- forgiveness and grace
- the love of God in my heart
- filled with, guided and empowered by
- being a disciple of Jesus Christ, receiving training for life and eternity
- I get to take an active part in the plans and purposes of the Living God
- I get to make a difference, both large and small, in this generation”
I could have continued, but by the time I had written the things above (and a few more) I realised I am blessed now, and am receiving from God during my time here on Earth.