If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to
enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 25
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then
can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but
with God all things are possible.”
1. When Jesus remarked that it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom, the
disciples were shocked. In general, people view the wealthy as blessed by God,
for they had the opportunity to do good with their wealth and so gain merit with
2. Jesus had a different perspective. The more we have, the more our possessions
may possess us! It is hard for a person with many resources tied up in this world
to focus his or her attention on the next.
3. Thank God that he can do what we cannot. We can be saved for eternity. And we
can be saved from slavery to our wealth so that we can instead become slaves
4. Do you love God above all else? Is there anything hindering you to become a
true disciple of Jesus Christ?
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 3:16-20
A rich young man asked Jesus how he could get eternal life. Jesus’ answer was
unique to this situation – sell his possessions and give to the poor. How does
this compare with what he told Nicodemus (John 3)? How much wealth must
we have, to love riches so much that they keep us from eternal life? Read Prov
11:28; 1 Tim 6:10.