Who is able?

Daily reading: Mark 10:17-31
Wednesday February 17, 2016

Focus passage: They were shocked even more and said to each other, “Then who can be saved?”  Mark 10:26

The disciples who are right there watching and listening to the conversation are just as shocked as the rich man is and they wonder out loud “then who is able to be saved?”

Jesus’ answer seems to make it impossible. “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” What Jesus was trying to illustrate
is the absurdity or perhaps impossibility of those who are possessed by their possessions to let go of them so that they can be possessed by God.  It’s about as likely as squeezing a camel through a needle’s eye.

Ultimately this message hits home, because it is difficult for all of us to surrender ourselves to God.  It is hard to let go of our success, our achievements, our possessions, our status, our traditions so that we can grab hold of what it is God intends for our lives.

Are we willing to do the hard work of reorienting our lives?

The Message puts it this way, “Then who has any chance at all?” they asked.  Jesus was blunt:  “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself.  Every chance in the world, if you let God do it.” (Mark 10:26-27)

Prayer:  God help me to let go of the situations and possessions that keep me from fully embracing and loving you and my neighbor.  Amen.


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