Bible Wednesday 3/8: Kingdom Scale

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 49:1-20. Out of all my waking hours in this day, how much time will I spend storing up things that will really last (verses 10-12)? Action point?

Proverbs 17:1-28. What have been the peak experiences in my life of true friendship or true bonds with a brother or sister (verse 17)? Have those persons, and God, heard my thanks?

Romans 14:14-23. To measure others on a kingdom scale, it seems from verses 17-18, is to regard only  their heart for Christ, not such incidentals as alcohol, drugs, tobacco, body art, body type, clothing, grooming, etc. How far am I from seeing everyone that way?

Matthew 15:29-31. Did Christian healing such as this end with the apostolic age, or is it available for believers today? If the latter, how can I access it? What ills of mine or others shall I bring to Jesus?

To go deeper, see Interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.