Hard, not impossible
Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” Mark 10:23
Today I want to focus on God’s blessings and how they can fill our lives with great joy. God is not against us having things and riches, He is against things and riches having us. He knows that being consumed with the things of earth can destroy us. Instead He plans for us to fill up with God and let Him pour His blessings on you!
In today’s verse, Jesus told His disciples that is it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, but it is not impossible. God wants our faith and trust to be in Him. He doesn’t want us to put our security in things and money because they are not able to give us a satisfying life and they are temporary. However, if we don’t have these things, we cannot expand God’s kingdom, bless others, and reach those who have needs.
Many things here in this world are very necessary for the time we spend on earth. God wants us to enjoy our time here, and He is the One who gave us the things and the ability to acquire them. Yet, the reason is for eternal purposes not for temporary pleasures. God’s not after your things, He’s after your heart.
Today I encourage you to be thankful for the blessings that the Lord has given to you. Thank Him that He adds no sorrow with them. Reach out to others with the resources that you have been so richly blessed with and show others the love of God through the things He has given. Don’t worry about replenishing them. God will always take care and provide for you especially if you are using the blessings, He has given you to bless others. Jesus said, ““Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,” Mark 10:29. In the next verse He included “you will receive a hundredfold now, in this time.” Be a blessing to all those around you because He’s got you covered and His blessings never end.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 10:23-31
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
28 Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,
30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”