The Lesson of the Rich Young Ruler

May 29, 2005
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Salvation
Hymns: 246, (252), 430(1-6), 430(7-8), 45
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, there are many things in this life that wrestle in my heart attempting to overtake my love for You. When my love for material pleasure exceeds my love for You, forgive me. Remind me of Your great love for me, so that I will be inspired by the working of the Holy Spirit to love You more. Give me depth of faith, clarity of thought, and constancy in purpose so that I will recognize temptation, flee from it, and love You with my whole heart, soul, and mind. Bless me through Your Word, accept my praise, and hear my prayers. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 49

First Reading: 

Proverbs 11:23-31

God gives material blessings to be used for purposes that are pleasing to Him and which glorify Him. In this collection of proverbs, King Solomon compares those who make use of their blessings to serve God and those who hoard their blessings for selfish purposes. Those who trust in God and make use of His blessings as wise stewards will be even more richly blessed. Those who seek to serve themselves will find that they will be left destitute.

Second Reading: 

1 Timothy 6:3-21

In these closing words to Timothy, Paul warns against two temptations: reliance on one’s own ideas and greed. Proudly following our own sinful thoughts instead of God’s truth leads to destruction. Greedily pursuing the accumulation of material things leads to idolatry and away from God. Rather, Paul says, make wise use of what God gives and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.