Daily Bible Reading: Mark 11

[15] When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, [16] and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. [17] He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” ​Mark 11:15-17 NLT
This is the stor of Jesus clearing the temple of money changers and other merchants. The temple was space set apart for God, yet it had been allowed to be polluted by things that should not be present. Jesus was removing that impurity. Those who were invested in the impuruty did not like Jesus’ action. We never do.
In yesterday’s reading, the rich young ruler did not respond well to Jesus’ statement that there was one thing the man lacked. (Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 NLT) Rather than acknowledging what had been revealed to him, the man held fast to something that was holding him back. This is part of our sinful nature.
Are we ready to come before God and ask God to reveal one thing in our lives that is holding us back? And then are we willing to ask God to do the surgery to remove it?