Psalm 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.

Chasing Camels

Mark 10:25
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.”

So what are you chasing?

Are you constantly trying to make more money, hit the lottery jackpot, get a bigger house, have ‘that huge windfall’? Are you motivated by money, desperate to have lots and lots of it, willing to sacrifice time, your own money even integrity to pyramid or ponzi type schemes that promise a huge payout?

Jesus says its easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for you to enter God’s kingdom if you are rich. Do you really want that to be the case and money to get in the way of your relationship with God?

It has been said that there is a gate next to the main gates in ancient cities that is kept open after night fall for people arriving late to enter by. It is supposed to be just small enough for an unladen camel to crawl through on its knees. Some have postulated that this is what Jesus is referring to when he talks about a camel going through the eye of a needle.

Whilst this may be true, it completely misses Jesus’ point.

If you are trying to fit an actual full size camel through the eye of a sewing needle, even a big one, it’s just not possible.
If you are trying to fit a fully laden camel through the small gate of an ancient city designed basically for people, its just not possible.

Jesus is saying “you cannot enter Gods kingdom with your riches”, he is also saying “if you are rich, you are likely to value money more highly, and in some circumstances more highly than God and there comes a time when you have to make a choice.”

Yes, you can unload your camel to fit it through the small gate, but that’s the point; you can’t take it through with all the baggage on it.

Mark 10:21-22
Jesus looked at [the young man] and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

This man may not have heard these words, but we can do well to heed them.

Matthew 6:19-20
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

So when Jesus makes the camel statement:

Mark 10:26-27
The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

It’s impossible to take the fully laden camel through the small gate, as impossible as threading it through a real needle. Its impossible for the rich to enter God’s kingdom unless God gets involved.

So what are you chasing? Something that brings transient, fleeting immediate enjoyment or something that brings constant, everlasting peace, joy and contentment?

Luke 12:21
He lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God”

“Rich toward God” means God is my riches.

What are you chasing?

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One response to “Chasing Camels

  1. Pingback: God wants you to be rich (part 2) | [un]conscious-stream[ing]

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