Friday, February 25, 2022
21 “If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.”
22 That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go.
23-24 As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom? Let me tell you, it’s easier to gallop a camel through a needle’s eye than for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.”
25 The disciples were staggered. “Then who has any chance at all?”
-Matthew 19:21-25 The Message
Verse 21: Jesus said to him, “If you want to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Verse 21 study: When Jesus told the young man that he would “be complete” if he gave everything he owned to the poor, Jesus wasn’t talking in the temporal, human sense. He was explaining how to be justified and made perfect or complete in God’s sight.
Should all believers sell everything they own? No, but we should be willing to give up anything if God asks us to do so. We also should be responsible to care for our own needs and the needs of our families so we are not a burden on others. This kind of attitude allows nothing to come between us and God and keeps us from using our God-given wealth selfishly. If you are comforted by the fact that Christ did not tell all his followers to sell all their possession, then you may be too attached to what you have.
Verse 22: But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
Verse 22 study: We can’t love God with all our hearts and then turn around and keep the money to ourselves. Loving him means using our money in ways that please him.
Verse 23: And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Verse 24: And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Verse 24 study: Since it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it is hard to get a rich person to get into the kingdom of God. Jesus did explain that with God, all things are possible (19:26). Even rich people can enter the kingdom of God brings them in. Faith in Christ, not self on riches, is what counts. On what are you counting for salvation?
Verse 25: When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?”
Verses 25-26 studies: The disciples were shocked because they thought that if anyone could be saved, it would be the rich, whom their culture considered especially blessed by God.