Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24
Jesus spoke in this part of Matthew to a man who approached him and asked about eternal life. Jesus responds by telling him to keep the commandments. The man assures him he has done that. Jesus then tells him if he wants to be perfect, to sell all his goods, give them to the poor and follow him. We are told the man goes away saddened because he had great wealth.
Why does wealth make it difficult to enter the kingdom, or even here on earth, to follow Jesus? We know salvation comes for all through Jesus. Why does wealth make a difference?
I think it has to do with the illusion of self-sufficiency, a belief in the power of self. When you start believing you have enough money to deserve certain outcomes, you have lost humility. When you look down at those who are struggling you have lost compassion. When you believe you’ve earned everything you’ve gotten, you are focused inward instead of toward Christ. If you measure your worth based on your bank account, you are lost.
When we are in great need, we are compelled to call out to God. When all we have left is faith, we are where God wanted us to be to begin with.If you’ve excused yourself by thinking you are not wealthy, you are avoiding taking this lesson to heart. Jesus calls us to rely on him, to be obedient to his will, to trust him completely. Anything else that we think provides security is false reassurance.
No matter what your struggle is today, know that God is waiting for you to turn in faith. God is ready for us to reach the end of our rope so we can know the true strength, power, healing, wealth and peace of the divine. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27