A rich man asks Jesus how to get to heaven. The man reels off a list of all he’s done, of all of God’s commands that he’s kept. He waits for Jesus to affirm him, but deep down he knows he still falls short. “What else must I do,” he asks?
Then Jesus hits him in the wallet. “Give all your money and possessions to the poor. Then follow me.”
The man walks away despondent. He’s not ready to put Jesus first in his life and follow him instead of relying on money.
Then Jesus explains to his disciples how hard it is for people who put their trust in money to make it into heaven. But it’s not just the rich people who are at risk. Jesus adds more: getting into heaven is impossible if we try to do it on our own. The good news is that “with God, all things are possible.”With God, all things are possible. Click To Tweet
This is an indirect way to remind us that we can’t earn our salvation. It is a gift from God.
How does this verse speak to you? What things do some people try to do to earn their salvation?