January 29 Heart Scan

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Exodus 7:25-9:35;  Matthew 19:13-30;  Psalm 24:1-10;  Proverbs 6:1-5

“Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”  “Why do you ask me about what is good?”  Jesus replied.  “There is only One who is good.  If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”  “Which ones?” the man inquired.  Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.”  “All these I have kept,” the young man said.  “What do I still lack?”  Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”  When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.”  Matthew 19:16-22

Jesus did a heart scan on the young man which revealed the truth–the young man loved his wealth above all else.  Even though he led a “good” life, his heart harbored love of money rather than love of God.

Jesus offered a remedy–“Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor…then follow me.”

What would a scan of my heart reveal?

Lord God, you remedied our sin sick hearts by sending your Son Jesus to die on the Cross.  His atoning sacrifice was the “good” that you desired.  Grant us faith to rely solely on his goodness and mercy as the answer to the question “What must I do to get eternal life?”  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen

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