And….go!

Today is “talk about a verse day.” (I totally just made that up. Awesome, isn’t it?) I want to discuss this verse with everyone I encounter today. I already missed Pat (he leaves for work in the cold, inky darkness), so you get to start!

Read…
Ponder…
Discuss…
Ready…and…go!

Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who ‘have it all’ to enter God’s kingdom?” The disciples couldn’t believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: “You can’t imagine how difficult. I’d say it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for the rich to get into God’s kingdom.” ~ Mark 10: 23-24 (Msg)

What does this mean?

Are being wealthy and living for Jesus diametrically opposed?

Who is Jesus referring to?

Do you consider yourself someone who “has it all?”

(Insert any other question you feel like answering here.)

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    Kelly Stoski says:

    I think it is implied that the rich man must hold making money in high priority….probably higher than God. Therefore anything that is a higher priority than God can be a roadblock on your path to heaven – your husband, your children, your job, your stuff, your vanity, your pride, etc etc etc ….

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    What does this mean?
    –I think this passage is talking about those who rely on money and their status more than anything else. Those who think that since they can and do pay all their bills and have savings, that they’ll be okay.

    Are being wealthy and living for Jesus diametrically opposed?
    I don’t think this is true. One can have wealth and still be used greatly in the Kingdom, I think those who LOVE money are the ones that are hindering other’s opinions of what it looks like when you love Christ.

    Do you consider yourself someone who “has it all?”
    Definitely not. I am a broken vessel who is blessed enough to have the Creator of the universe look at me as though I am the apple of His eye and is willing to help me get to the place He would have for me.

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    If you keep doing this we’ll all be great bible scholars because iron sharpens iron.

    Alistair Begg preached a wonderful sermon on this where he said in most cases its good to be rich as it does make certain aspects of life easier, but in the case of the rich young ruler it was not. if you trust in your riches more than God, you might miss getting to heaven.

    Being wealthy and living for Jesus are not diametrically opposed – God blesses whom he wishes. The parable with the talents shows how we should use what is given or entrusted to us. Too whom much is given, much is required. In context, this phrase says we are accountable to God for everything given to us. You can be a wealthy christian but you should always recognize the source of your wealth and remain humble.

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    The most interesting part of this scripture (to me at least) is the reaction of those who ‘have much’. Self-deception and excuses for this and that creep in so easily. I believe that we are not to have more than our daily bread and if we do, God has entrusted us to use it under His wisdom to support the kingdom, not to live a lavish life. Once we (I) have more, suddenly much of our (my) priorities change. Ever notice how when some bonus cheque comes or money shows up somewhere and the first thought is one of selfish gain? I have. Or when the ability to go on a vacation becomes suddenly more exciting to plan than a bible study? It is extremely difficult to not desire more when one has more, making it difficult to enter the gates of heaven. When I only have enough to take care of basic needs, much of my time is spent on learning, growing and serving because I don’t have the means to fill the earthly desires. In contradiction to this scripture is Proverbs 30: 7-9 “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”

    While I don’t believe that wealth and living for Jesus are diametrically opposed, I do believe we as a western (wealthy) culture are extremely dis-advantaged in terms of kingdom living because of it. I used to hike into extremely impoverished villages in the Philippines and be envious of how little they had. There is a power in the community of believers that sustain themselves not on money but on the basics of life in Him.

    I do not have it all, and with everything in me wish I lived somewhere that required less.

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