Josea 24:1-2,15-18; Psalms 34:2-3,16-21; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69
Historians tell us that when the Roman Emperor, Severus, neared the end of his life, he gave a kind of farewell speech to his counselors. In summing up his life of fame and fortune and power, Severus startled his closest advisors with these words: “I have been everything, and everything is nothing.” Then, holding up the little vase, which would soon contain his ashes, Severus exclaimed, “Little urn, in a short time you will enclose someone for whom the world was too little.”
If our quest for wholeness of life is not God-centered, we are bound to discover, as the Emperor Severus discovered, that indeed, the world is too little. “What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life?” Jesus says to His disciples” (Mt. 16:26).
Remember the rich young man who came to Jesus asking what he must do to gain eternal life? Remember Jesus’ answer? “If you wish to be perfect, go and sell what you…
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