Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Wes Daoust.

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Mark 10:17-22

This Bible reading reminds us that we shouldn’t take advantage of what we have. Just as we think we have everything, it does not mean that we do. Eternal life cannot be bought, but rather given as free gift.

One of the great things in life is to give to others and to spread our wealth and see the joy on their faces. There is always somebody out there that needs it more than you do. Spreading your wealth does not necessarily mean money, but rather a talent that you have.

Every person is talented in different ways and can help the church and/or the world by using their training, education, and natural gifts. It takes everybody and their individual gifts to make the church / world function, not just a few people.

This reminds me of Pastor Kerry’s lesson on membership and discipleship. A member becomes a disciple when he shares his gifts with others, despite personal sacrifices, to make this a better church for all of us and to make this world a better place to live.
Let us pray: Dear Lord, thank you for all that you do for me. I feel very blessed for all that I have in my life. Thank you for letting me find the ways to share my talents with the church and the world. In your name we pray, Amen.

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  1. Carolee Groux Says:

    Amen to your lesson and prayer. We should always thank God for His merciful gift of grace which redeems us. God also calls us to serve as our talents allow, and to follow Jesus’ example of sharing and giving of ourselves to others. We are blessed to be today’s disciples of Christ.

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