April 2, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 10.23-27

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 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.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

And the disciples were perplexed at these words. Many people continue to confuse materialism, the ability to acquire material possessions, for the kingdom of heaven. There are whole swaths of Christianity that proclaim that if one follows the precepts of the Bible, then one will enjoy economic fruits for their faithfulness. We all get caught in this trap once-in-a-while. Jesus’ disciples remain confused, even after his statement about the camel. Their question, “Then who can be saved?” is predicated on the idea that certainly the poor won’t be saved. As you journal today, you might reflect on how materialism creeps into your own life. What “riches” do you long for that might make it more challenging to live as Christ has taught you?  

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