In the bustling streets of Jerusalem, a rich young ruler approached Jesus, seeking the secret to eternal life. His earnest inquiry revealed a hunger for something deeper, something beyond the material wealth that adorned his life. Jesus, looking upon him with love, offered a radical challenge: “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

The rich young ruler’s face fell, for the cost seemed too great. Possessions tightly held became stumbling blocks on the path to true discipleship. In his wealth, he found a false sense of security, a barrier to surrendering fully to Christ.

As we explored yesterday, and as we journey with Jesus in this Lenten season toward the cross, we are confronted with the same question: What are we willing to give up to follow Him? This worship series reminds us that discipleship demands sacrifice, commitment, and unwavering faith.

True wealth lies not in the abundance of possessions but in the richness of a life surrendered to God. It’s in the giving, the letting go, and the trusting that our hearts are transformed, and our souls find true fulfillment.

Let’s wonder today about the areas of our lives where we hold too tightly onto earthly treasures. May we have the courage to release them, knowing that in losing our lives for a larger purpose, we find the greatest treasure of all—the abundant life found in God’s vision fulfilled.

May God’s peace find you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of abundance, help us put our earthly treasures to work for a purpose beyond ourselves, realizing the cost of discipleship, and we may find true wealth in following Jesus towards your promised future. Amen.