Day 3: Camels

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. — Mark 10:25

Read the whole passage in Mark 10:17-31

Money. A little is never enough, and a lot is never much. The taste of it drives us to consume more and more until money and success and things are all we want, all we think about, all we drive toward. All without us seeing it happen; it blinds and masks our spiritual senses. Wealth gives us a sense of security and confidence, the surety that we can do it ourselves, that we can create and build and provide for ourselves. And while God lets us play in our sandboxes for a while, life will one day end and then we will face our King. Entrance into his kingdom has nothing to do with job titles or 401(k)s or manicured lawns, and everything to do with our heart, our affections, and our priorities. God will only want to know one thing. Was he First? Did the death and resurrection of His Son, the forgiveness he offered, and the faith he demanded, did it all come before our houses and our cars, our comfort and our televisions? Did we live Second, or did the things of this world consume our attention?

Talk with God

Forgive my failure to remember that you are always First.

Live it. How will you live more Second today?

Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?

From the book “Live Second: 365 ways to make Jesus first.

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