01/27/20: Exodus 19-21; Matthew 19
Matthew 19: 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 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.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
In this passage I see Jesus speaking directly to the heart of all people — not just the wealthy. For you see the young man “went away sad” because he valued something (in his case wealth) more than he valued following Jesus. Jesus’s message to the wealthy is not that you cannot have wealth but you cannot let the wealth stand between your relationship with him.
Examine your life — is there anything you value so greatly that you allow that habit, that object, that sin to stand between you and a relationship with Christ? If so, it will be “hard to enter the kingdom of heaven.” But through God all things are possible if we allow his will to override our own.