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.
Some of God's Words wrestle me to the ground. They pummel my place of complacency. They break the plaque off my hardening heart. They saturate my eyes with stinging tears. They crush my worldliness, like rocks to dust.
When I'm feeling disconnected from God, the powerful Presence of His Verses* bring me to the One Who hung on a Cross.
One of the heaviest Hitters for me is Mark 10:25, with a camel attempting to squeeze through a needle's eye... in a desperate attempt to reach God. But he was too big, too heavy-laden:
With the fruit of riches and possessions, but not the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Thankfully, Christ didn't say it was impossible to be rich and also His disciple. Still, He implied it was extremely hard.
Apparently, a lot of wealthy saints (also pastors) aren't concerned with the risk. They seem certain money doesn't tempt them to devote too much time and love--to stuff. Nor do they feel compelled to imitate the choices of Christ and His disciples.
When I was rich, I didn't love money, but money matters took most of my time. I'm not rich now--and don't desire to be. I see simplicity as truer wealth.
## Gotcha's Deceits: False Wealth (Part 22)
* So many Verses tug hard on my heart--especially those relating to the birth and death of Christ: the jaw-dropping humility of the King of kings.
* Another is 'Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us... (2 Corinthians 5:20, NKJV). That God is PLEADING for the lives of His lost sheep/children through us... tears me away from my complacency.
* As an animal and nature lover, here's one more key Passage: 'For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God... that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now' (Romans 8:18-22, NASB). In Heaven and the new earth, animals won't fight each other, suffer and die. They're waiting on Him and us! (I love all of Romans Chapter 8.)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.