Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Mark 10:27 NIV
Thousands of diverse immigrants came to Canada between 1867 and 1914 for different reasons. For immigrants who were inspired to emigrate in search of greater economic opportunities and improved quality of life, the Canadian West presented seemingly infinite possibilities. This category of immigrants included populations of Hungarians, French, Icelanders, Romanians, Chinese, and Ukrainians among other groups. During this time, Europe’s population was growing at an unprecedented rate and death rates were decreasing, leading to a population surplus.
In the 10th chapter of Mark’s Gospel, we meet a very wealthy man who approaches Jesus and asks Him what he must do to inherit eternal life. He assures Jesus that he has kept the commandments since he was a little boy, but Jesus knew his heart. His possessions were his god, so Jesus tells him that he must sell everything and give to the poor. The story tells us that the man went away sad. Jesus always knows our hearts. The wealthy man would not have earned his salvation by giving away his material possessions. That wasn’t the point that Jesus was making. What He was teaching was that in order to fully trust Him we need to let go of anything that has become an idol. Sometimes that is not easy. It’s no wonder the disciples asked Jesus, “who then can be saved?” Jesus answered them this way in Mark 10:27: “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” God can change the heart of that wealthy man and turn his heart towards the Lord Jesus. He has done so for millions of people. He can do it in your life too.
These have been words from the heart.