Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
Among most people of today, the phrase ‘money makes the world go round’ isn’t uncommon to hear in the same way a number of people want to become ‘millionaires’. Amidst the flashy living and extravagant spending styles of some of these people who evidently have loads of disposable income, some ‘wannabe’ millionaires just want to make it big and stay on top of the world because to them, the best way to live is to spend CASH!
In today’s text, this rich man runs to Jesus, almost out of breath, to ask him one question “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus’ answer to go sell his wealth and give to the poor is cited as the reason his face fell but I also believe that beneath the surface, He may actually have expected Jesus to give an answer that would have required him to make use of his wealth to probably ‘buy his way into eternal life’
Most people tend to have a notion that they can do all things by dishing out chunks of cash- they walk about with the general ideology “money can do all things” and that is the exact concept Jesus questions in his answer to this rich man. In no way is being wealthy bad, because the Kingdom business also requires money. It is the preoccupation with the acquisition of wealth by any means necessary and total dependence on one’s riches that is called into question today.
I remember reading somewhere that: ‘Money can buy a House but not a Home, it can buy a bed but not sleep and buy a clock, but not Time’. Hence I can also boldly add that ‘money CANNOT buy ‘ETERNAL LIFE’. You cannot put your trust in money, my dear, because as hard as it may be for you to admit, riches cannot do everything.
Remember # the wealthiest person is not the one with the most money, It is the one who has JESUS.