What does God say is along the road for every one of us alive today in America? He has explained what the End of days Church looks like in Revelation. Have you pondered what that means for YOU?
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.”(NKJV)
Peter and the rest of the disciples were greatly astonished. Money seemed to be the best thing to have, it made life easier; and that is so true from an earthly standpoint.
More money, more power. More money, more freedom. More money, more security. But Jesus added something they had never thought of. Money makes earthly life easier, but money can also make eternal life impossible.
Jesus was pointing out before their very eyes that material possessions tend to rivet the owner’s attention upon earthly matters to the exclusion of heavenly. Wealth can enslave us without us even realizing what is happening. So Jesus said: Beware. Riches are a Handicap.
Peter had already heard Jesus explain how money, possessions and pursuits keep us from listening to the Word that brings salvation. We can be captured and controlled by our recreations, comforts, and possessions.
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