Scripture- Mark 10:17-22
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[a]”20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved 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.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus does not expect for us to sell off all our possessions to have eternal life, he paid the price for our sin on the cross. What Jesus wants is for us to put our hope and trust in him.
But now that we’re thinking about it, if Jesus asked you, could you give up your money, your favorite toys or clothes, your home, or even your popularity at school and trust God knowing that he will provide everything we need? Once we come to understand that all money is God’s money, then we should begin to use our money in the ways that would honor Jesus rather than using it to simply please ourselves all the time. If we think our happiness or salvation will be found in material possessions, we will end up empty, broken and lost. Jesus would ultimately give up his life for his people and what he calls us to do is give up our old life to him, be forgiven and follow him. This Christmas there is no need for us to be like the rich young man and go away sad. The Christmas story is all about the new hope found in Jesus.
Activity- As a family take some time to engage your children. Go around your home and place bows on all items that you recognize are gifts from God.
Challenge– Take some time as a family to prepare a budget and figure out how much money you are tithing. If you find that you tithe less than 10% of your annual income, I challenge you to find ways to decrease expenses within your budget so that you may tithe appropriately.