Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stubborn Camels and Sewing Needles

After telling a rich young man  he would have to give up all his possessions to inherit eternal life, Jesus told his disciples, “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.” (Camels are so stubborn even if you could manage to fit one through the eye of a needle, he wouldn't go!) Astonished at his statement, they asked, “Who then can be saved?” And Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mat 19:23-27).

Jesus deliberately exaggerated to make the point that no one can save themselves. The rich young man thought he could, but departed in disappointment, unwilling to do what Jesus asked. I wonder how many people in our churches today think they can be true believers without giving up their treasures, “gaining the whole world, but losing their souls (Mat 16:26). But the good news is that He's able to change the heart of a rich man even if he's as stubborn as a camel! The next time you face something impossible, think of stubborn camels sand sewing needles; and remember: nothing is impossible for God.

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