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The Lenten Journey 2018: Was it Worth it!

What’s it Worth to You?
Luke 12:15

Growing up I attended Sunday School every single Sunday with my Cousin Wilma’s children, Lamont and Otis Jr. We would laugh, joke around, and play all throughout Sunday School, so naturally I always saw my cousins as fun people to be around. It wasn’t until I grew up that I recalled thinking how my cousin Lamont taught me a valuable lesson.

Every Sunday during worship we had youth hour, now I was required to learn a new bible verse because my aunt Mary demanded that I knew scripture. However, cousin Lamont had the same scripture every time, no matter where we were, or how old we got, his bible verse for youth hour remained the same.

Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” In reading this particular devotion it is difficult for me to make proper sense of the text without some form of reference to Mark 8:36. Not that this Luke text cannot stand alone on its own merit, but that the ultimate point to be made after our assessment of self is the question “what’s it worth to you?”

Our lives can be based on unimportant things like material trappings, the accumulation of worldly possessions, and the never ending quest for money, or we can base our lives on the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and trust him to provide for us and keep us in his perfect care. Nevertheless, you can not do both! Either you forsake desires of things or you will surrender yourself totally to the will and care of a loving savior.

My pastor and I have a shared affinity for history, he is a scholar when it comes to African American History and Culture. However, he does not like the singing of negro spirituals. He loves the words but can careless about them being sung. I on the other hand live to hear them both their words and their melody. Songs such as “Give Me Jesus” the words are many but the one verse that grabs my total being says: “when I come to die, you may have this world, give me Jesus.”

Sweet children that’s the love of the gospel message in a nutshell, nothing else in life means more to me than the savior, you can have the money, the cars, the house, the clothes, the social status, the recognition of others, all those things but just give me Jesus.

My faith, my relationship, my devotion means more to me than those things that will rust away or soon dissolve. So when confronted by the question “what’s it worth to you?” boldly reply “you can have this world, give me Jesus.”

Ponder this:
1. How important is your relationship with Christ?
2. Are you willing to sacrifice everything for the cause of Jesus Christ?
3. When it comes to seeking worldly possessions or fulfilling the requirements of your salvation, what’s it worth to you?

Let us pray,
Kindly God we pray that you will forgive us if we were too focus on the accumulation of things and not our salvation. Teach us to live within our means, and abilities so that we will avoid the urge to be something or someone that we are not. Lastly, help to us to appreciate the things we have and the life we live, never taking for granted the true worth of it all. Thank you for listening, Amen.

IMG_0021Dr. Brandon A. A. J. Davis
Itinerate Elder on Sabbatical
Tawawa Chimney Corner

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