But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Later in discussing the conversation about the young man that walked away because he couldn’t part with the one thing he valued over God, Jesus tells His disciples it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Harder than a camel getting through the eye of a needle hard.
The disciples are amazed and perplexed. They have grown up wrongly believing that riches are a sign of God’s blessing and favor. How then could anyone get into heaven, they whisper among themselves.
Jesus agrees it is impossible. Impossible for man to do it alone. But with God, ALL THINGS are possible.
On my own, letting go is impossible. On my own, saving myself is impossible. I must rightly recognize Jesus for who He is. Not just a great teacher, a humble servant, a gifted healer, a talented storyteller. He is the Son of God. The Messiah. My Savior. My Lord. Only with Him in His rightful position, with an accurate understanding of grace and salvation through Him alone, can I dig deep and recognize my sins and my need for Him to save me. Only then can I loosen my grip on the things I put above Him and follow Him. Because when I know who He is, what He did for me, and what He promises to do for me, then I can trust Him enough to let go of the things I think I need more than Him.
God, this is hard stuff. Soften my heart to know You, believe You, trust You, love You…so I can WHOLEHEARTEDLY FOLLOW YOU. Thank you for your love and patience.
Challenge: Spend time really evaluating your assessment of what takes first place over God. Ask Him to help you put these things in their proper perspective. Ask Him to give you eyes to see that He is above all things.