Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 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: 23 – 24
I remember, as a child, hearing a sermon on this in which the minister explained that there was a small gate into Jerusalem called the Needle’s Eye, which a camel could just squeeze through if it shed its load! I’ve no idea whether this is true or not, but whether or not, this is a very forceful bit of teaching from Jesus. What’s the problem with wealth? We are most of us, by the world’s standards, wealthy people. Most of us can pay our bills and put food on the table regularly, and most of us have a secure roof over our heads. We might say, ‘we’re comfortable’. But that comfort is seductive. We start to rely on money to keep us safe, warm, fed, instead of relying on God, who has provided it for us. If something would affect our comfort, we don’t want to do it – we don’t want to give to others, we don’t want to live in ways that are better for the planet, we don’t want to reduce our hours in our well-paid job, to serve God. Wealth has got in the way of us entering the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Father God, please help me to see if wealth is getting in the way of my relationship with you. If it is, please show me what I should be doing to change the way that I live, for your glory. Amen
Action: review how you manage one area of your life and finances and consider whether God is asking you to change it.