Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Again I say, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19.23-24
The disciples did not understand. They believed that God blessed those who were faithful with wealth. This belief was based in the Old Testament. Yet, Jesus had just seen a young rich man who had been asking him in regards to what he must do to gain eternal life sadly walk away when Jesus told him to sell all that he had and give it to the poor. He walked away sadly because he was not willing to part with his wealth.
Riches can be deceiving. With some people, the more wealth they have, the more they want. It can quickly consume that person’s life destroying everything in the process, including their relationship with God, family, and friends. That is what makes it so difficult to be rich and enter into heaven.
The riches can also become the false idol that gives false security. You trust in the money that you have to provide for you instead of trusting God for the things that you need.
Neither attitude is an acceptable one to God. However, it is just as easy for a poor person to be more concerned with daily needs than with trusting God to provide for them. It is important to give God the throne of your heart so that he rules in your life independent of your financial status.