“And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”Mark 10:24
You see, where you put your trust is where you place your salvation. I know that sounds quite simple but a lot of people are constantly putting there trust, and their faith, in things besides the author of salvation.
For example, say you are in the middle of the ocean after a shipwreck and there is debris drifting all around you; so you grab hold of something to keep you afloat. It could be anything, an old piano or perhaps a door from the kitchen. Whatever you grab hold of, whatever keeps you afloat in the midst of danger, is where you place your trust. With this trust, you must stop swimming and cling to whatever it is that you found and believe that it is enough to keep you from sinking into deep waters.
There are all kinds of things that people put there trust in. Some grab ahold of money, particularly those with significant wealth, which is what Jesus is saying here. See, if everytime you have an issue or a problem, every time the water begins to become deep, you always rely on the riches that you have access to to get you out of trouble.
After a while, you will begin to rely upon and trust in the riches to get you out of situations. And why not, I mean if when a problem comes up and every time the same thing fixes that problem it’s only plausible that the first thing you would turn to in the midst of a problem is what solved it before.
Don’t get me wrong, money is not the only go to for people and their problems. For some it may be power or flattery or even lies. Whatever seems to work constantly in your life to fix a situation very soon you will put your trust in that to get you out of a situation.
It’s not until God puts us in a place in which we realize that something much greater than all these things is needed to get us through life and the struggles therein. It’s not until we surrender to our own understanding of things and submit to the One higher than ourselves, Jesus Christ, that we are able to place our trust where it belongs. You must first come to a place of need in your life. Jesus is not saying that the rich cannot enter heaven. He is saying that the poor soon learn of the need in their life, not only of finance but of fulfillment. Yet the ones who seem to be able to buy all that they “lack” may go their whole life never knowing that they are in need of more.
So where does your trust lie? Is Jesus the first thing you run to in your time of need or is He the last resort? What are you grabbing hold to in the midst of deep waters?
“Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” Mark 10:21-23