And the three post catch-up begins…and trying to follow the “shorter-length” rules.
This passage reminded me about the various things that we do as followers of Jesus. The centre of the passage has the “Rich Young Man” who follows the law, but is told that he must give away everything he has and follow Jesus to inherit eternal life. To this he’s rather upset because he was rich. I heard a sermon this weekend about how the body of believers are supposed to share all that we have to be one in body and mind (Acts 4:32). The concept that he used was that everything we have is “God’s dollar”given to us for our enjoyment and that when we are content with what we have received (salvation) we are able to share because our needs are met (2 Timothy 6:17-19). When things excessive of our “basic needs” become things we need, we begin to hold onto those tightly and are unable to give.
I think that this concept plays into the other aspects of the passage as well. If we are finding our satisfaction in Christ alone, then hypothetically we shouldn’t even breach the desire for grounds of divorce. I think this also would have helped James and John in their plight for being “best” in the kingdom because they would have had satisfaction in serving on earth. We don’t deserve anything in the coming life, but God still deserves all of us today.
Lastly, the labourers in the vineyard passage in conjunction with the “Rich Young Man” changes how I’ve always heard the “last shall be first” statement interpreted. We are wrong to assume we deserve more of a reward based on our time we have been Christians, we all fail miserably but we are still given a part of paradise!
So the challenge … are you content?