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Do we have riches? Or do they have us?

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Why did the Rich Ruler leave Jesus’ presence so despondent? Was it the riches? He stated to Jesus that he had kept all the commandments and yet he was still looking for approval from the Lord, the way of Salvation. Do we have riches? Or do they have us? When an orb-weaver spider creates its web, it’s a very clever design. Scientists marvel at their creativity even while not fully understanding the depths of this creation. “Spiders can spin different kinds of silk, and not all of their silk is sticky. In fact, in a spider web only the silk used for the intricate catching spirals are dotted with glue, so spiders know which threads to avoid. ( https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/spiderweb.html ) The Lord replied to the rich ruler, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22) It’s easy to judge this man. But what happens when the Holy Spirit tells us to give something

Will you follow? At what cost?

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While reading Luke 9 today I can see a condition of the heart that at times can describe me and perhaps you as well. Surely it spoke to the disciples while they walked with Jesus himself. Here are men who have been called by Jesus; invited to be in his inner circle . A front seat with the Master. He gave them authority to drive out all demons and cure diseases. (v.1-2) He reminded them that He himself would be their provision. Take nothing with you as you minister the Good News. (v.3) The disciples are still students and we are about to embark on an object lesson. The multitudes have gathered, and they are hungry. What is the response from the students? “We only have 5 loaves and 2 fish.” (v.13) How quickly we forget that God himself is our provision. FORGETFULNESS It’s getting personal now. There is an inquiry, "who Jesus is?" “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” (v.20) Peter acknowledges that Jesus is the Christ. Now that we have established author