Your Faith Journey 88

How good do you have to be to go to heaven? If you’re kind to your family members and friends, is that good enough for a ticket into eternity in paradise? Do you also have to be kind to people in need? How much of the Bible do you have to read and memorize to earn an “A” on your afterlife report card to gain acceptance into the ever after? Are angels in heaven taking weekly worship service attendance because you have a certain number of days you’re allowed to be absent before you receive an “unsatisfactory” on your permanent record?
In Mark 10, a rich young man asks Jesus, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” In the first century there was a widespread belief that a person’s wealth was equal to the amount of God’s favor and blessings in their life. It was assumed that the wealthy were going to inherit a pleasant eternal life because God already looked upon them favorably. Jesus shattered that myth when he taught his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:23 NIV). Jesus’ followers were shocked by his statement. They asked him, “Then who can be saved?” Christ explained that you can not earn your way into heaven. He told them, “it is impossible” if you’re trying to be good enough or do enough good things to earn your way there (Mark 10:27). But it is possible to receive eternal life through faith, because “all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27 NIV).
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The Your Faith Journey Bible verses for this week are listed below:
Sunday (8/2)
Today I’m going to offering God _________________________________________________.
During the worship service God revealed _____________________________________________________________________________.
Monday (8/3)
Read Acts 2:22-24 and pray in response to the verses.
Tuesday (8/4)
Read Acts 6:1-8 and pray in response to what you read.
Wednesday (8/5)
Read Acts 8:5-8 and pray in response to what you read.
Thursday (8/6)
Read Acts 14:1-7 and pray in response to what you read.
Friday (8/7)
Read Hebrews 2:1-4 and pray in response to what you read.
Saturday (8/8)
Reflect upon the past week, and re-read verses or phrases that stood out to you. The following questions may be helpful as you reflect:
How did you see, hear, or encounter God during this past week?
Who needs to hear about your experience sometime in the coming days?
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