354 The Narrow Gate

“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 … With man this is impossible, but not with God: all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:25,27).

This is one of those hard-to-understand verses, Lord. Without living in the time of Jesus we can’t be sure what that would mean to His hearers. Oh, I’ve heard the explanation that there was a very narrow gate into Jerusalem called The Eye of the Needle, but somehow it never satisfied me. The meaning is obvious though. First, there is no one You cannot bring into Your kingdom (Hebrews 7:25). From the uttermost to the guttermost we are wont to say. And then, it sounds very much like a rather painful stripping is involved. But I’m sure it can’t mean that everyone who is rich has to give away all their money as He demanded of this man.

It is not money, but the love of money that is the problem (1 Timothy 6:10). And My Spirit, who empowered Jesus in His earthly walk, revealed to Him men’s hearts. But this man’s attachment to money, and what it could buy, was not the only problem. His question shows his misunderstanding of what it takes to enter My kingdom. He was wanting to do something, to be set some difficult task, to prove his worth in achieving some goal. Salvation cannot be earned. It is My gift to all who put their trust in the sacrifice of My Son on their behalf.

But the gate is narrow (Matthew 7:13), and stripping of old ways and beliefs must occur as My Spirit walks with you down the road of sanctification. This young man came to the right person. Such a change of life is truly a miracle of My grace alone.

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