马太福音19:23-26：23耶稣对门徒说：“我实在告诉你们：财主进天国是难的。24我又告诉你们：骆驼穿过针的眼，比财主进 神的国还容易呢！”25门徒听见这话，就希奇得很，说：“这样谁能得救呢？”26耶稣看着他们说：“在人这是不能的，在 神凡事都能。”
Matthew 19:23-26: 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.”
We should take this to heart. We live in the wealthiest country in the world. You have sometimes heard people talk with disgust about the 1% of the people in our country who control all the wealth. Did you know that if you earn more than $32,000 a year, you are considered among the top 1% of the wage earners in the world? And all we do is complain!
Why is it so hard for the rich to be saved? Because we can spend our time pursuing pleasures instead of the kingdom. Because we can love our money more than God. Because our money can become a distraction for us. The very fact that we despise the really rich means that we have a skewed attitude when it comes to what’s important in life.
“Who then can be saved?” the disciples asked. And Jesus said that with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. The fact is that even a poor man cannot save himself. No one can save himself. But we believe that God in Christ has done the impossible. He has saved even such a wretch as me.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for paying too much attention to earthly things and worldly riches. Keep my eyes focused on you, because you are my Strength and my Portion forever. Let the miracle of your salvation dwell in my heart always. Amen.