Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to 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 someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” – Matthew 19:21-24
Your friend had run up to you in hopes of learning some secret way to make sure he was saved by doing the right thing. You told him what to do in a way that would make him think about who you were. But he went away sad, because he felt his wealth was worth more than you. I am tempted the very same way. I am tempted to think that the elements of my earthly life are worth more than you, things like: my job, my family, my house, car and toys. I can tell when they have inflated worth in my heart when I get angry or anxious about them. Oh, Jesus, do the impossible today and give me faith in you that makes me follow you with all my being. Make me a steward and not the owner of this life you have lent to me. Make the rest of my sojourn an act of praise, worship and generosity.
Pastor Don Patterson
Jesus passed through the needles eye to grab us and pull us through by his supernatural sacrificial life.