Jesus said, “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.” (Mt 19:24, Mk 10:25, Lk 18:25) It creates an entertaining picture, but he gets our attention. We normally think that wealth enables us to do things. Who would think that wealth would prevent someone from doing something?
God warns us against the two biggest problems with money. One of the problems is that we can buy so many things with money. It’s a small step from knowing that money can provide many things to the belief that money can provide everything. The temptation is to put our hope in riches instead of the One who provides them.
The other problem is that we tend to rate success by money. It’s common to think that a job that pays more is a better job or that a life with more money is a better life. That can lead to arrogance, when we start to believe that money is what makes someone important.
God teaches us that money is simply a tool that he provides. There are some things that money does very well. There are others that it doesn’t. Money is great for buying food and clothing. It’s terrible for providing happiness or love. It’s a terrible measure of importance or character.
God tells us to use our wealth to do good—for our families, our communities, and our world. And he tells us to remember the one who created wealth (and love and life and everything else). Let’s put our trust in him and follow his lead. There are so many conflicting ideas about good and evil—so many sinful concepts that are accepted as “knowledge”—it is more important than ever to seek out God’s voice, God’s word, and God’s grace.
It would take a miracle to get a camel through the eye of a needle. It also takes a miracle to get sinners like us into the kingdom of God. Let’s put our faith in the One who performed that miracle.
1 Timothy 6:17–21 (EHV)
17Instruct those who are rich in this present age not to be arrogant or to put their hope in the uncertainty of riches, but rather in God, who richly supplies us with all things for our enjoyment. 18Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they are storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
20O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, turning away from godless, empty talk and the contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge.” 21By professing it, some have veered away from the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
God bless you,
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