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Day 20 of Higher Bible reading sees Mr Flash-With-The-Cash meet Mr. Poor-And-Restore. In Bible times people thought that those with piles of dosh must be especially liked by God; wealth was seen as a mark of God’s blessing. But as usual, Jesus turns the thinking upside down by suggesting real blessing comes from helping those less well-off than us. The Bank of God stores our credit for when we really need it…

Read

Today's reading is from Mark 10:17-52. You can find it on page 771 of your Higher Bible.
You can also read it online here.

Think

Talk about getting the wrong end of the stick! Jesus is heading for Jerusalem to his death and two of the disciples are pushing for the best seats in the house: James on his left; John on his right. Little do they know what they’re really asking: to be nailed up to a tree either side of him! Jesus puts them right. To be first in his kingdom is to be last. Er… say that again, JC? The world’s ideas of what makes someone a VIP is being turned upside down. Those famous in God’s eyes are those who put their own agendas aside, and get stuck into helping others. Jesus sums it up like this, ‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many’ (Mark 10:45). That’s Christianity in a nutshell: Loving others because God loved us first, demonstrated most powerfully by Jesus’ death on the cross.

Pray

We learned about Jesus’ attitude to money today. Next time the dosh in your denim adds up, instead of blowing it straight away on a new outfit or the latest game, ask God to guide you in spending it.

Live It

There is also a big emphasis on serving others in today’s reading. Think of a way you can serve somebody today. It could be as simple as offering to make the tea or helping out with the cleaning.

Repeat

We leave today with Jesus heading for Jerusalem to give his life as a ransom for many. At the cross he will exchange his own innocent life in payment for our sins. On the way there is a healing of a blind man. Jesus is about to open our eyes to something incredible too. It’s equally amazing; equally terrifying. If we want what’s on offer, we have to follow him. And the journey continues tomorrow. See you then.