The Advent prayer for Tuesday, December 13, 2002, comes to us from: Hark the Herald Angels Sing: Daily Prayers for Advent by Stephenie Hovland
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Mark 10:21 NRSV
In our cited verse, Jesus has a conversation with a wealthy man about what must be done to inherent eternal life. The wealthy man insists that he has done all that is required by the law of Moses, then Jesus ask him to: “sell everything you have and give to the poor…then come, follow me.” Mark 10:22-23 outlines the sadness the wealthy man experiences because he was very wealthy. What have we given up in order to follow Jesus? What has become a higher priority for us, other than our relationship with God?
When Jesus asks the wealthy man to sell all he had, he was challenging him to determined what he valued most. Following Jesus requires us to evaluate what’s most important to us, to reflect on what truly takes precedence in our lives and governs our decision-making. The wealthy man leaves Jesus saddened because he prioritized his wealth over Christ’s invitation to relationship. Each of us chooses who and what our priority will be. Songwriter Jonathon McReynolds expresses the choice people of faith make in his song Make Room: “I find space for what I treasure. I make time for what I want. I choose my priorities and Jesus you’re my number one.
Advent Prayer – Day 17
Dear Jesus, you show love to us when you require us to follow the first commandment. Any time we put something other than you as our first priority, we are on the wrong path. Help us to re-examine ourselves and ask if we are following you or following the things of the world. We repent of not following you at all times. Amen.