Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Only the pursuit of Jesus...

...will bring you blessings that last.

1 comment:

Bob said...

Hi Mark,
I know this has been debated about for a long time. I believer the blogger is referring to what might be called "inward detachment". Although I don't agree with Bonhoeffer about everything, I think he nailed this one. While it may be theoretically "possible" to have inward detachment from your material possessions (wealth), it is at the far end of possibility.

25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?
26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 "And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span?
28 "And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29 yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these.
30 "But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?
31 "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?'
32 "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
(Mat 6:25-33 NAS)