Mark 10:23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
What a difference a week makes! With the stock market tumbling,
and our nation’s credit rating sliding, Jesus’ words in
today’s reading might give us a sigh of relief.
Yet if we worry about hanging on to what we have earned, what
we have invested, and what we might have to spend tomorrow to
keep up what we have, then we are no better than the rich man in
Jesus is asking: “Are you working for the Kingdom of God,
or for wealth?” When one works for the Kingdom of God, wealth
is merely a tool. But if working for one’s own interest,
wealth quickly becomes an insatiable master, owning and enslaving
those who consider a fatter portfolio as one’s life’s goal.
In the end of your earthly days, when your wealth gets returned to
the tool shed or turned over for someone else to use, what will you
have built with it?