“As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Mark 10:17 

Monday, 11 October 2021

Mark 10:17-30 

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“At the root of desperate poverty, human trafficking, political violence and global inequity is a sense of scarcity and competition fuelled by greed—the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods or objects of abstract value far beyond the dictates of basic survival or comfort.” Mark Scandrette.

Our world is driven by a sense of scarcity and the never-ending feeling of needing more. We need to be making conscious choices to resist these impulses if we are to change the state of things. Our faith needs to be as practical and real as how we spend our time and money.

Imagine, for a moment. You are this young rich man. Imagine the road that leads you to Jesus, the feeling you have meeting him.

What is the question you have to bring to him?

How does Jesus look at you?

This scripture allows us to reflect on what we might be holding onto that distract us from our spiritual journey.

Take a silent moment and name the things you are grateful for.

How has God provided for you already?


I know that I am cared for by an Abundant Provider. I choose to be grateful and trusting. I believe I have enough and that what I need will always be provided. I choose to be content and generous. I know that my choices matter for myself, for others and for future generations. Help me to live consciously and creatively, celebrating signs of Your new creation that is present and coming. Generous Creator, who made me to seek the greater good of Your kingdom, Guide me to use my time, talents and resources to pursue what matters most. Teach me to be free, to live without worry, fear or greed in the freedom of Your abundance. Give me daily bread, as I share with those in need. Thank you for the precious gift of life!

"Free: Spending your Time and Money on what matter most"

by Mark and Lynn Scandrette

Abigail Dawson

Abigail Dawson holds a Masters in Development Studies, Sociology, from the University of Witwatersrand. Her activist and academic interests have focused on migration in a South African context. She is a qualified social worker and has provided counselling for migrant women and children. She hopes to bring change to the current public and global narrative on migration through effective and creative communication, networking and advocacy to ensure equitable communities for all people living in South Africa.

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