DAY 283 OF 365 IN 2021
Reference text : Mark 10 :17-30
GIVE A BIT MORE!
What matters to you more than anything? What will you cling on to
and not let go above all else? Which ploughs would you be unwilling to burn at any cost?
These are the questions which emerge from Jesus’ encounter with the rich man in the Gospel. This man stood at a cross road, weighing his options when Jesus gave Him a definitive answer to his question: ‘Go sell all you have, give the money to the poor then come and follow me’ (Mark 10:21)
It is reported that He went away sad for he was a man of great wealth, but that alone could not have been the root of his sadness. He went away sad also because it appears he came to Jesus looking for a list of actionable tasks. His question was ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ His expectations were not met because instead of offering Him a blueprint of actions, Jesus offered a relationship. To this young man, it was a step too far.
But like Him, how many times do we also stand at the cross roads of life, and upon our encounter with Jesus, He asks for ‘a little bit more than we are offering to give up. A bit more of your time, your talents, your fears, your hesitancy and your worries. Just a bit more.
There may come many moments in our when it might seem to us that there is no purpose in our lives. That our daily routines, jobs and encounters are nothing but worthless mundane actions and repetitions. However, we need to alter that mindset because but for us, there are some people who might never encounter Christ. Thus, if our being there means Christ is represented, that makes our presence so worthwhile. In which case we can give a bit more.