Words from the Heart for Thursday May 19th, 2016
“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 (NIV)
Entering the Kingdom of God
We live in one of the richest countries in all of human history. Yet Jesus says it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Can you trust God to do a miracle – to make a person who has much become a person who trusts in Christ? Is anything too difficult for God?
For a long time, scientists believed that the ancestors of all North American First Nations people crossed over on foot to North America from Asia at the end of the last ice age. At that time Asia and North America were joined, and what is now the bottom of the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska was dry land, (a “”land bridge”) because sea levels were much lower than they are now. The earliest man-made artifacts – tools or ornaments that archaeologists have found – date from that time. Scientists now think that the ancestors of First Nations people may have come to North America from several different parts of Asia and Polynesia, following several different routes. Some may have come on woven reed rafts or boats, across the Pacific from Asia and various islands. Still others may have crossed the ice fields that once connected Europe and North America.
When we understand the Gospel, it is hard to imagine that anyone would resist the Gospel. But the reality is that there is a cost to following Jesus and He told his followers that they needed to count that cost if they were really going to follow Him. In Matthew 19:24, in response to a rich man who came to Jesus and asked what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him that he had to go and sell all he had and give it to the poor. The man went away sad because he wasn’t prepared to give up the idol that was his bank account. In response to the man walking away, Jesus turned to His disciples and said, in Matthew 19:24: “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.” There is a cost to following Jesus. He allows no other gods before Him. He said at another point that it is impossible to follow two Masters – you can’t serve both God and money. We see the point so often in our country, where we are so comfortable with the things of the world. Eternal life is a free gift, but to be a follower of Jesus, He must Lord of everything in our lives. Is He your Lord?
These have been words from the heart.