By Barbara Lighthizer
Today's Scripture: Matthew 19:13-30
Central Thought: The focus of our hearts and lives must be on Jesus.
Jesus was approached by three groups of people-children, a rich man, and his disciples. They all shared a common need to be eternally with Christ, but each group received a different response from Him.
Since children were of no influence and had nothing to offer the Lord, the disciples tried to bar them from taking up precious time. Jesus rebuked the disciples. In the eyes of the Lord, the children represented what is necessary for everyone who wants to be with Him-a childlike faith.
The rich young ruler had authority and must have demanded attention as he made his way toward Jesus. Despite his wealth and diligence in keeping the law, he lacked something. The Lord knew the man's love for his money and possessions was what he valued most. Jesus told him to sell all that he had, but the rich man left without a commitment to do what Jesus asked of him.
Even though they had left families and jobs to follow Christ, the disciples were concerned they might not be acceptable to Jesus. However, He assured them that since He was first in their lives, they would be forever with Him.
Scripture tells us that no matter what we possess or how influential we are, Christ must be the center of our lives. When we come to Him with a childlike faith with nothing to offer Him but our hearts, He is pleased.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, I have nothing to offer You but my heart and a life of mistakes and sins. Please forgive me of my sins, and help me put You first in my life. Thank You for Your grace and mercy.
Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 7:25-9:35; Matthew 19:13-30; Psalm 24:1-10; Proverbs 6:1-5