Mark 10:25 – It is easier for the camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Is it okay for us to be rich? Is it God’s will for us to be financially successful, having excess in our finances? Absolutely! There are countless scriptures supporting financial prosperity (2 Cor. 8:9, Gal. 6:9, Mal. 3:10, Matt. 13:8, etc.) and numerous biblical “heroes” (Abraham, David, Solomon, Philemon, Joseph of Arimathea, etc.) who enjoyed noteworthy and/ or massive wealth.
Over the years, Mark 10:25 has been taken so far out of context that many Christians believe that it’s a sin to be wealthy, and poverty is God’s will. However, this could not be further from the truth (Prov. 10:15, John 10:10, Prov. 6:10-11). While this blog entry is not about submitting evidence of God’s desire for us to have overflow, the scriptures listed above are proof that God wants us to prosper financially, and in all other ways. The reason for this is that we were born to serve; not just God, but each other. My previous blog entry, G.O.A.T, takes a deeper look into this biblical principle. Just a friendly reminder: This life is not all about us. Our overflow should bless others.
Still, Mark 10:25 makes a more serious point. Why would it be difficult for the wealthy to be saved? The answer is quite simple. When one believes they don’t “need” God … well … the outcome is obvious. We are saved though faith (Eph. 2:8). Our whole relationship with Christ is based in faith, believing that we need Him to live this life the way He intended.
Truthfully, the term “rich” is not just limited to the millionaires and billionaires. Being rich applies to anyone who has many options in many areas of life: job, car, home, relationships, food, leisure activities, schools, religion and place of worship, healthcare, fashion, etc. I am forever grateful to live in a country where I have these freedoms. It literally puts me in the top percentile of the world’s population … making me a rich person. The flip side of this blessing is when there are too many options, and we don’t think we “need” God. Why have faith for healing when we have access to the best healthcare on the planet? Why focus on divine prosperity if every bank is more than willing to give you a loan? Why fight for a God-kind of marriage when we’ve invented “divorce-made-easy”, and dating sites provide an abundance of new choices? Why even seek God’s guidance when we have social media to “guide” (and distract) us?
It’s not in our nature to take the harder road if there’s an easier one available; however, when that so-called “easier” way does not include Christ, it’s simply the wrong path (Prov. 14:12). The path of the Christian is not an ongoing struggle, but it does have its challenges. Anything worth anything is never easy to come by. Some will persecute you for your beliefs, but it’s a small price to pay for a truly incredible life that only God can give. It’s understandable that the “rich” would have a hard time surrendering their lives to Christ; so, as Christians, it’s our job to show them Who Christ is and how He can enrich their lives in a way that all the money and options in the world cannot. We are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14), even to those who believe they are already basking in it.
Kirby N. McKinney