THEME: Keep It In Heaven.
PASSAGE: Mark 10:17-23
HYMN: MHB 654 – THE HOMELAND! The homeland!
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 10: 21 “Jesus looked at him and loved him and said unto him one thing you lack, he said. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
Since heaven is the hope of every Christian, it means that whatever we keep in heaven is for future use and that is the best possession one can have in life. Great reward awaits every believer who serves God faithfully in this world. Today’s text points out that we must commit our treasure to our Lord Jesus Christ, thereby committing our money, time and talents to His work.
We can understand from our passage that the rich young man loved his money more than God (Verse 22). The man became annoyed and left Christ simply because he was very rich. He chose worldly treasure and did not want to keep any in heaven. He was unwilling to make Jesus his treasurer. The young man was religious, but Jesus exposed his heart of greed.
The treasures that await Christians will far outweigh any problem, inconvenience or persecution we may face (Romans 8:18). Although Christ loved the young man, (Mark 10:21) all he demanded from him was to follow Him. We can serve the Lord wholeheartedly, knowing that God is the One keeping stores and His reward will be abundantly gracious in heaven. We often forget that whatever we have or achieve is from God and He can withdraw it from us. He blessed Job with children and riches, yet allowed Satan to destroy them.
We find it difficult to give to God and humanity because we have not fully given ourselves to God. Henceforth, learn to give yourself fully to God’s work because your labour in the Lord is not vain. (1 Corinthians 15:28).
PRAYER: Eternal God, teach me to love You more than riches and wealth that I may store my treasures in heaven through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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