Trusting in riches

THE disciples must not miss this lesson as they watched the young man go back to his pathetic treasures and his shallow worship. “Verily I say unto you”, Jesus said turning to them, “that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.” The disciples looked at him in astonishment. He made his words plainer: “Children, how hard it is 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.”

These words of Jesus covered not only the rich but the poor also. The rich man glorying in his riches is far from the kingdom of God, but the poor man trusting in his hard-earned pittance is no nearer. Indeed the poor man may clutch his few pounds more tightly than a rich man his thousands. The emphasis in each is upon the same thing. Our trust must not be centred upon riches, great or small, or upon honour, or men, but upon God.

MELVA PURKIS, A Life of Jesus, page 283.