Reflection on Mark 10:17-31

Scripture
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Observation
A rich man comes to Jesus to ask Him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him he must sell all he owns to give to the poor and then come and follow Jesus.

The man goes away grieving because he has many possessions. Jesus tells the disciples that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom.

Jesus tells them that anyone who leaves all he has to follow Him will receive much more- including persecution- and will obtain eternal life.

Application
Following Jesus means a daily choice between God’s kingdom and our own kingdom. We have a plethora of idols, but for most of us the greatest of these is what we own.

Our possessions, including money, give us security, identity and status. Jesus requires us to find these things in Him alone.

Faith means that I choose to find myself in Christ not in the things that I see, own and control.

For many people that is a choice that is too hard.

Prayer
Thank you Lord Jesus that in you I have everything that is important. Help me to stand firm against the false promises made by material possessions. Amen.

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