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August
15
2021

It's Possible with God

Earlier in this passage of Scripture we learned that a rich young ruler came to Jesus asking him what he must do to inherit eternal life. During the course of the conversation between the young man and Jesus, Jesus instructed him to go and sell all that he had, give the proceeds to the poor and then come and follow him. The young man went away sad because he had many possessions. Please read Mark 10:23-31. Jesus looked around at his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded at this. Jesus said it again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Why is this? The disciples then ask who can be saved? But why is it so hard for a person, rich or poor, to enter the kingdom of heaven? Somewhere along the way we worship, we trust in what is created instead of the Creator. This is idolatry. In our country, the poorest person who lives on government assistance is still richer than the average person or even a rich person in other countries today. What happens then instead of seeking first the kingdom of God, we seek after material wealth, thinking that if we have material wealth we have God’s blessings. Preacher, motivational speakers and others amass a vast fortune getting a person to apply their system of accumulating wealth. Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich” is still a number one seller for this system. True wealth comes from the Lord Jesus. There is nothing wrong with wealth that is properly earned. The problem happens when we put our faith in it instead seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. That is why the disciples ask, then who can be saved? With man entering the kingdom of God on his own is impossible. But not with God, because with God all things are possible. (Vs 27) Salvation is a work of God from beginning to end. God chose you before the foundation of the world to be in a relationship with him. God made you a volition being, God calls you to come follow him, how will you respond? No double predestination here. He continues to call, “Come, follow me.” He continues day after day drawing you toward himself. The choices, decisions that you make are brining in a harvest that you have sown. Life’s pressure brings out what is happening in your heart. Your words, your actions, your decisions reveal who you are. Peter admits to Jesus that they left everything to follow him. And they did. Jesus gave them and us a promise that it is still true. You can read this promise for yourself in verses 29 through 31. We would receive all that he promised along with persecutions because we have followed him. Can you say that you are “forsaking all I trust him?”

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