Can you see what Jesus is relaying to this man? He is trying to show him that it is not about what we do or just that we know Him, but He wants us to love Him and let our hearts be transformed to needing nothing but Him. Our hearts are so important to our walk with the Lord, when our hearts are opened and we are asking, seeking and knocking we grow because we want to learn. When we think our learning is done and we have arrived we will get caught up in this world again just like the rich man.
The rich man couldn’t let go of his first love, his money and possessions. Jesus is showing us, if you really love me you’ll obey me and your stuff won’t mean anything to you, but living for Christ will be what drives us. Verse 23 goes on to says, “Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” If you can’t let go and let God, something will always be before Jesus and that is what this rich man didn’t understand. Verse 24 says, “This amazed them, but Jesus said again, ‘Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God.” We have to go through Jesus and with that said we can’t earn our way but we can surrender and love Him. Verse 25 says, “In fact it is easier for the camel to go through the eye of a needle then for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
As new creations in Christ we need to open up and continue to let the Spirit who is in us lead us to live our lives like Jesus. The more we relation with Jesus the more we can change to be like Him. I believe that true love is us saying we believe in you and then saying use me for whatever, I am willing. Look what it is going to take for us to change our hearts. Verses 26-27 say, “The disciples were astounded. Then who in the world can be saved? They asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” We must realize that without believing in Jesus we can’t change, and just saying it isn’t enough, our faith is shone in our action. Amen