Corona Virus Day 94 Daily Devotion

Do the Loving Thing-Wear Your Mask in Public…
Act for the Common Good…
Spend 20 Minutes in Prayer and Silence…
Keep Trying Not to Touch Your Face…
Join in “Joy Hour” at 5:00…
Keep our Confirmands in Your Prayers…
“This Too Shall Pass”…
Remember, Covid-19 is a Public Health Issue…
Not a Religious Liberty Issue…
Plan on Attending Worship…It’s Youth Sunday!
Remember Those Who Offered Their Lives…
Be Grateful…
Remember the Joy of Your Wedding Day…
Be Open to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit…
It’s Rainy Friday, but Sunny Sunday is Comin’…
Pray Psalm Sixty-Seven…
Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters…
Take a Break, You Deserve It…
We Will Get Through this with God’s Help…
Congratulations Jade and the Class of 2020…
Congratulations to Lyla Sinisi, middle schooler…
Congratulations Rowan Collins, middle schooler
Enjoy God’s Verdant and Bright Creation…
Spend a Few Minutes with the Church Survey…
Be Thankful for this Chapel and its People…
Reflect God’s Radical Hospitality…
Welcome the Chapel Survey Call…
Give Thanks to God for our Care Deacons…
Enjoy the Sunshine…
Asking God’s Forgiveness…Juneteenth…
Rejoice, It’s a New Week to Serve God…
The Power of Prayer, Wednesday, 10:00…
Ride by the Chapel after Dark…Lights!…
Love Your Neighbor…Wear a Mask…
Give Thanks for our Worship Team…

The day of my spiritual awakening
was the day I saw –
and knew I saw –
all things in God and God in all things.
Mechtild of Magdeburg
German medieval mystic

Scripture
Matthew 19:16-26

Then someone came to him and said,
“Teacher, what good deed must I
do to have eternal life?”…
Jesus said to him,
“If you wish to be perfect,
go, sell your possessions,
and give the money to the poor…
Truly I tell you,
it will be hard for a rich person
to enter the kingdom of heaven…

The disciples were shocked at Jesus’ words because in the religious thinking of their times wealth was only accumulated by those who were blessed by God. So, it’s only natural for them to ask, if the rich don’t have God’s blessing then, “Who can be saved?”

Now, let’s be clear. When the rich man speaks of ‘having eternal life,’ and when Jesus speaks of ‘entering the kingdom of heaven,’ and when the disciples ask, ‘Who can be saved,’ none of them are talking about life after death. They are talking about the whole new world that they believe God is going to bring about. Thus the phrase, ‘The renewal of all things’ in verse 28.

The point is that they believed that ‘heaven’ was going to rule this earth, so the question was about who would inherit and share in the new heaven-and-earth world that was on the horizon.

I think that if you keep this in mind and take the time right now to reread Matthew 19:16-26 you will see this scripture in an entirely new light. Perhaps you will see Jesus in a completely new light as well.

Meditation

In a time of silence and meditation imagine yourself asking Jesus, “Teacher, what deed must I do to have eternal life?” What must I do right now to enter your kingdom and thrive in your new heaven-and-earth world? Shouldn’t all Christians ask themselves this questions each and every day?

Closing Prayer

Lord, by the power of your Holy Spirit help me to hear this scripture in a new and challenging way so that your kingdom may come, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul