When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19: 25 – 26
Jesus has been pretty ruthless with the rich in this passage. ‘Want to follow me? Sell everything you own’, ‘Think you can get into heaven? A camel’s got a better chance of getting through a needle!’. These demands are either cripplingly hard or flat out impossible. It seems by the way he is talking that there’s no way that a rich person can earn their way into heaven.
But that’s the point, there is no way to earn it. Because earning is the wrong way to think about it. Rich people of all eras are used to being able to buy whatever they want, splash a bit of cash and have the world bend to their will. As the infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar said, “Everyone has a price, the important thing is to find out what it is”. But God has no price, there’s no special combination of good deeds, laws followed, and generous donations to the Church that can save you.
What rich people, like all of us, have to rely on is grace. Not our efforts, but God’s love. Grace is freely given, but it can only be received when we let go of our own efforts and accept that we need God’s help. But when we rely on grace, then anything is possible.
Prayer: God of love, thank you that to be saved I don’t have to do anything but accept your saving grace. Help me to have the humility to know that my status as a Christian isn’t anything to do with my efforts, but everything to do with your generosity.
Action: You don’t need to do anything extra today, God’s grace is sufficient!