The rich man walked away dejected. He had many possessions, or did he? Who can really say that the things within their grasp are truly their possessions? Are not all things from God? Certainly all Christians would agree, but it is often difficult to apply such a notion to our daily life.
We sinners have a hard time handing over control of our possessions. They provide comfort and security. Our money buys goods. Our possessions provide recreation and entertainment. And our time? Well, let’s just say we would all like to have more of that. Our time, after all, is valuable. Yet, even in all this, sinners saved by the grace of God know better.
Disciples of Jesus understand that all we have within our possession is a trust from God. Our Father in heaven has gifted everyone generously, but each is gifted differently. Whether rich or poor, disciples understand that we are to share what we have with others. Our time, talent and treasure are all gifts to be shared joyfully with our neighbor so that all might see the goodness of God.
Prayer: Help me, O Lord, to be generous with that which you have provided. Amen.