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Know God in a Year #164 Be Careful How You See

As the wealthy young official walks away Jesus remarks, “How hard it is for those who trust in wealth to enter God’s kingdom! It is easier for a camel to go through the Eye of a Needle than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom.”

I saw a PBS program showing a gate near Jerusalem that was so narrow it was called “Eye of a Needle.” It was very difficult for a loaded camel to pass through. Jesus compares: The young man had to unload baggage, to choose between stuff and having his heart healed.

The young official couldn’t give up his lifestyle to surrender to God, even though his heart pulled him to. For a moment in Jesus presence he had felt truly loved, felt the acceptance and freedom of living in love, loving others. That’s why the sorrow as he walked away.

He really wanted love, but the price was too high, his life was too good. Only one thing was missing, but it was vital: without God’s love, selfishness would strengthen, ruining him.

It frequently happens that loving the outward life of fame and acclaim conflicts with getting your heart needs satisfied. Or perhaps the conflict is in waiting–having your wealth in the next life vs. having it now.

After one parable Jesus said, “Where you put your time and attention, you’ll find your heart.” After another he said, “It isn’t possible to serve both God and money.” Often after teaching the crowds he ended with, “Be careful how you see, …how you hear.”

Our perceptions create our reality.


Matthew 19:22-26,  Mark 10:22-31,  Luke 18:23-30


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