The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” Mark 10:24
As Jesus was teaching a rich man came up to Jesus and wanted to follow Him. Jesus told the man to sell what he had and give to the poor, then follow Him. The man went away sad and decided not to do what he was told. This is where Jesus said it is hard for the rich to enter heaven.
Jesus repeats the statement again, only leaving out “the rich” part. The disciples were amazed at this statement.
Many people like to use this verse to talk about the value of not being rich, or to speak against those that are very wealthy. Jesus never spoke against having great wealth. He was looking at where the heart is.
When a person is wealthy, it is very easy to put your trust in the wealth or the ability to get wealth, than it is to trust in God. Most believers can believe and understand this.
However, with Jesus stating that it is hard to get into heaven, He was talking about everyone. Why is it difficult to get into heaven? All a person has to do is repent of their sins, believe Jesus paid the price for their sins and forgave him, and follow Him.
It is more of the heart that it becomes difficult to get into heaven. Where is your real trust?
Whether you are wealthy, or you are poor, you must believe and trust only in God. You must not trust in your own abilities or merits. Many believe that because they have done good things, they deserve heaven. What you have done has nothing to do with you getting into heaven.
Even the poorest of the poor can have a difficult time fully trusting in God for everything, including salvation. Are you trusting your hard work ethic? Or your job? Or your position? Or your going to church? Or your ministry? Or anything else?
Trust only in Jesus. Rely only on God for everything. This is difficult to do as a human. It is a simple strategy, but requires a denial of self, which is the difficult part. With God all things are possible. Are you trusting God today?
I pray today that God will help you see that He will take care of you; that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not trust in things of this world for anything; and that you will follow God with all that is in you.