Mark 10:24-25 “And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
There is wisdom that God offers us that can go beyond any that we can muster. We find in James:
James 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
We often quote verse 5, but the following three verses are pertinent to the truth of the first. If we lack faith, ask God, and He will give it. Our request must be one of a sure faith to receive that which God promised He would provide. Knowing our nature, God wants us to settle our hearts on our request without a doubt and without question.
At its core, doubt will eat like cancer at the foundation of our Christian life.
Many a teacher, pastor, or speaker will try to explain the imagery of what Christ was trying to teach the disciples with the verbal exchange with the rich, young man.
The young man’s heart desired what Jesus offered. He sought it diligently. He had character enough to try to justify his intents by confronting the source of truth. The all-knowing Savior hit at the root of this man’s problem.
The very riches he possessed were what may have held him back from trusting Jesus Christ as Savior.
The camel’s illustration being able to pass through a needle’s eye is actually quite simple to explain. Many refer to the wicket gate of Jerusalem through which a camel may pass. But first, the camel must be wholly unburdened and pass through on its knees.
This signifies two things in this exchange with the rich man. He needed to give away that which held him bound and bow himself low to accept what Christ was offering. We have previously talked about ‘pillars’ needing to be knocked down to be saved.
Those pillars are belief systems, or strongholds, that keep us from trusting by faith. Personally, mine was denominational religion. For others, it may be as the rich man, their wealth, possessions, career, or hobby that keeps them from humbly trusting by faith.
It is not just at salvation that we must look. Throughout the Christian life, we are challenged by the Holy Spirit of God to continually be dead to the flesh and alive in our spirit unto God.
Today, Sunday is an easy day to be spiritual. Going to church and being among the brethren causes us to be on our best behavior. It is on Monday through Saturday that we struggle.
The simple admonition to be clean from any sin that would burden our mind, body, or soul should be prioritized to confront every day. From that point of cleanliness, we can come to God seeking the wisdom we so desperately need in this day and age.
Sometimes, it is the small adjustments to our routine that can make the most significant difference.