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Your DYNAMIC Role: “Rich and Poor”

One of the most curious things Jesus says about entrance into the Kingdom of God is that it’s impossible for the rich.

He says bluntly, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God…With man it is impossible…” -Mark 10:25, 27

Like most of the truths in the Bible, this one has multiple layers, many facets, different ways to understand it.

Here’s ONE to consider…

Your DYNAMIC Role: “Rich and Poor” from Phillip Gonzales on Vimeo.

If you can, take a few minutes and read through the following Scripture passages. Think about them. What would they have meant to the first hearers, and what do they mean for us today?

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Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the KINGDOM of God.
Luke 6:20

Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
– Matthew 19:23-26

And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the KINGDOM of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words.
But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the KINGDOM of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the KINGDOM of God.”
And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
Mark 10:23-25

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches & no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Luke 12:32-34

What do you think about this? How can we dig deeper? How can we live it out in our own lives?
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8 Responses

  1. Jesus in not against been rich. The Bible does not condemn the person that has money but only the “love of money”. Unfortunately many times the wealth brings us to forget about God and all that He does for us. He is the “GIVER”. He is also our provider and ultimately He wants us to go to Him and ask for our needs not because He does not know what we need but because He wants to spend time with us.
    Having money should not be our first priority. As Jesus prayed for us in John 17, is all about unity with the Father, Jesus and the believers. He was more concern for us about spiritual matter than physical. When we concentrate on the spiritual, we give the physical the proper place.

  2. I think the disciples were shocked about Jesus ‘comment about it being hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven partly because, I think (I heard this somewhere along the way, not sure if it’s correct) that in those days they viewed rich people as extra blessed. So, the thinking would go, if those extra blessed people would have a hard time getting into the kingdom, then what about the rest? I think Jesus’ saying with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible brings home the point that we can’t earn our salvation. God is the author and builder of our salvation.

    I think the money question boils down to a question of Lordship. Is He Lord over all of our possessions?

    I found this comment in the Life Application Bible “We cannot love God with all our hearts and yet keep our money to ourselves. Loving HIm totally means using our money in ways that please Him.” (note on Matt 19:22)

  3. In other words, all that we have is the Father’s. Our treasure is God (Jesus) Himself-what more do we want?
    When we share what little we have we share with God. What more can we want?

  4. I think Jusus uses money because it is so easy for everyone to relate to but you can substitute anything that keeps you from complete dependance on God, i.e. spouse, children, even charity of others. What is needed for entrance into the kingdom is dependance on God and this is impossible through ourselves but possible through God.

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