Matthew 19.16-26 and John 4.31-34 – The service of God and the service of mammon.
Posted: 26 August 2011 in John, Matthew

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments….. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you….. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

The challenge the passage from John throws down before us is to answer, honestly, whether the doing of God’s will is sufficient for our spiritual sustenance, or whether, like the rich young man in Matthew, our priorities lie more with our material welfare. The disciples seem to have realised what the answer to that question is when, in response to Jesus’ remark, and on behalf of all mankind, they asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Ever since the fall of man we have been incapable of putting the service of God before all else, and of not sinning against him. Our only hope lies in the gift of a renewed heart, if God is pleased so to endow us. Otherwise we face his just judgment. And yet, as Jesus said to his disciples, “With God all things are possible.”

1 Comment

1 Response to Matthew 19.16-26 and John 4.31-34 – The service of God and the service of mammon.
  • Wilfred Adams says:

    This is apowerful programme,would like to read the scriptures every day,and even study the word here

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