I was reading in Luke about a week ago and noticed something I hadn’t picked up on before.
It’s about the story of the rich man that Jesus asks to sell all his belongings and follow Him,
and the camel going through the eye of a needle.
As I was reading it the other day, it was like a little lightbulb went off as I read that verse, and a previous verse, that seemed to go together. I could be wrong about this also, but it makes a bit more sense than what I previously thought.
Here is what I mean.
The Kingdom of God is within you, it’s not heaven as I previously assumed. I’m thinking it is your salvation.
“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20,21
The kingdom is not something that can be seen with your eyes, it’s inside you.
“And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:23-27
What I got from this is that it’s far harder for someone who is rich to accept the fact that they need a saviour, because they already believe they have
everything they need.
I know this as fact because I had a friend who basically said that exact thing to me a year or so ago. He told me that he doesn’t need God because he already has everything he needs. He owns a couple of houses, has a steady job, a car, goes on holidays and pays all his bills on time etc. He seems to think that God is just a vending machine for material things and that’s why people believe in Him. It’s sad to say that this person’s view of the God I know is very warped.
Is that how most rich people see God, as a vending machine for things and stuff? No wonder there is less chance for them realize they are just sinners in need of a saviour.
That’s not to say that rich people won’t be saved, or that rich people won’t see that they need Jesus, because as it says above “Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
So if you know of someone who is of that mindset, that they don’t need God because they have everything they need, keep praying for them because with God, anything is possible.
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