Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who ‘have it all’ to enter God’s kingdom?” The disciples couldn’t believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: “You can’t imagine how difficult. I’d say it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for the rich to get into God’s kingdom.”
That set the disciples back on their heels. “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 10:23-27 MSG
One of the most difficult things to do is to trust someone we’re not familiar with. We have a tendency to trust what’s worked in the past, those we know well or things that have been proven over time. It makes sense that Jesus would say it’s difficult for those who have everything, or those who trust in the money that got them everything, to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Why? Simply because they trust in what ‘got’ them everything. They trust this worlds system. Once we trust something, we’ll continue to trust it until it fails. I trust the chair I’m sitting in, but if the chair would break, I would be hesitant to sit in this chair and trust it to hold me.
But the Kingdom of God is a kingdom that trusts in God alone. It’s backward from our own systems. Mans system says ‘bank it!’, Gods says ‘give it’. It seems this is key with everything with God.
Jesus said, “Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They’ll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land—but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life! This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first.” (verses 29-31)
I see so many people get discouraged because they’ve tried it and it doesn’t work. This isn’t a ‘get rich quick scheme’, this is a lifestyle of trusting God regardless if you like the outcomes or not. God see’s all, know’s all, has a plan and orders your steps to do HIS pleasure, not yours.
Stop stressing over what hasn’t happened and focus on what has happened. Thank Him for what He’s done in the past and what He will do in your future. Spend time reading about His faithfulness and learn of Him. Let Him do what needs to be done. Your job is to keep giving when He says, in ways He tells you to, and let go of your need to control it. Just as a seed that’s planted, comes up out of the ground and bears fruit, so will your seed produce.
Father, today I let go! I will trust You with everything! My future, my finances, my health, my home, my children, I let it all go. I trust You to do what You said You would do. You promised protection, provision, health and long life and I believe with all my heart that You will remain faithful to do it. I will listen today and obey the promptings to sow seed and trust You with the outcome. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.