Luke 18:26-30

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Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle? The people were astounded.

“Those who heard this asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’ Peter said to him, ‘We have left all we had to follow you!’ ‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus said to them, ‘no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.’” Luke 18:26-30

The people had heard what Jesus said. For many, the payment of indulgences or Temple taxes seemed logically like a way to actually help them get to heaven. But Jesus had just said that money was actually a hindrance. They had heard him tell that rich young man to sell what he had, give it to the poor, and follow Him.

But that young man had walked away.

Did he ever come back?

Or today, 2000 years into his eternity, has he replayed that conversation a million times, wishing beyond hope that he had done what Jesus said?

We don’t know.

Money, stuff, comfort, the lovely things in life can certainly hold us and keep us from wanting to let go of the earthly to embrace the eternal.

We have all witnessed the devastation of a hurricane, a tornado, fire, or floods. Perspectives change. The stuff that was once furniture, clothing, fine dishes, pictures on the walls becomes rubble along with the very walls they hung on.

It is a stark reminder that stuff will not last.

Letting go of earthly things to embrace the eternal sometimes seems impossible. But Jesus said it quite plainly, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

It starts with opening our hearts and then our hands. Is there something we’re holding onto? Let it go and trust Him.


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