Jesus speaks of the rich and how hard it is for them to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the first time I have ever read this passage thinking of myself as rich. I have always compared myself to the the rich in the United States, which ranks me as not so rich. But, as I am comparing myself to the rest of the world, I notice that I am at the least in the top 10% wealthiest in the world! With that knowledge, I read this passage. What has the blessings of my wealth brought me? Well, I never, ever beg God for my next meal, I expect it. I never, ever go to my Heavenly Father asking Him to provide clothes, I have so much that only certain types of clothes with certain styles appear to me. Instead of begging God for a place to live, I beg God for a nicer house than the house with all the amenities and extras I have. What has my wealth brought me? It has brought me a reliance on myself. I can say (and do say), that God has brought me all these things, that all of this wealth are the blessings of God. But, I don’t really live like that. I can see why it is so hard for the wealthy to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, because it gives us the falsehood of not needing God. But, even with all that I have, I know I still need God. I know that my wealth does not bring me happiness. I know that my things are not my things, they are His. With God, All Things Are Possible!
Lord, thank you for your Word. Please give me the grace to rely only upon you. You are my God and my Father, I have accepted your Son as my Savior. I am yours. I ask that you use me. I ask this all in Jesus’ name.