“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” — Mark 10:25
Here is story in today’s verse:
A wealthy young man, with all the good qualities you can dream of, has come to Jesus in the presence of the disciples. He has asked Jesus what he must DO to inherit eternal life. Guess what Jesus said? “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” I’m sure you can image what his face look like?! His face fell and went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Then Jesus looked around and told his disciples: Children, how hard it is to enter the king of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Disciples startled: Oh no… if so… who can be saved? Jesus replied: “WITH MAN THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT NOT WITH GOD; ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD.”
Just imaging how small is the eye of a needle and how enormous is a camel, how impossible it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle! Compare with this, it is even more impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. However, I love this: Nothing is impossible with God!
You know? It is NOT through what we DO that earns the ticket to heaven, but it is by the Grace of God.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. — Ephesians 2:8
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! — Matthew 7:11
“Jesus says that we have a Father who loves giving good gifts to his children. Even earthly fathers love doing that, and earthly fathers are imperfect. unredeemed, earthly fathers are ‘sinful’. But our God is a perfect Abba, or amazing Daddy, and if we ask him trustingly like a child he will give us the good gifts, the power of his Holy Spirit, with which to fulfil our calling.”
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!