Jesus looked at him and said, “How difficult it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth or status] to enter the kingdom of God.”
LUKE 18:24-25 AMP
Today, I’m reminded of the story in Luke 18. The ruler asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life and then went on to explain how he had kept all the commandments. Jesus answered him by saying “[y]ou still lack one thing; sell everything that you have and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have [abundant] treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me [becoming My disciple, believing and trusting in Me and walking the same path of life that I walk]” (Luke 18:22). How much are you willing to give up?
While these verses deal with following Jesus, they also make us think about giving to others. From time to time all of us have been asked for money. I’m sure we all have tried to deal with the concept of how much to give and how to help the people asking for money to become more self-reliant. Conversely, I’ve asked for money, as well. It’s humiliating to be in that predicament, even if by your own actions. What are you willing to give up?
There was a church recently selling dinner plates to help a family with a sick child. I watched an employee in the building give her last bit of change to help the cause. Would you be willing to give all your spending money until you were paid again? What if payday was a month away?
As parents we have to balance letting our children make their own mistakes and stand on their own two feet, and being a safety net to help them when they are in need. My parents set me out on my own at 18 and I never went back for help. Man was it tough, but I became self-reliant. I learned that some times things have to get bad, so I can appreciate the good. It is true that the toughest times in my life usually have resulted in the fondest memories. I also learned some bad personality behaviors/habits that have been difficult to break. When it comes to my adult children, what am I willing to do? What are you willing to do? Where is the balance? Jesus held people accountable, but helped people too. Would you give all your money until payday, to make sure your adult child had food and encourage him/her to work? Or would you just say “no, get a job!” What would you do?
Have a wonderful Friday and spread God’s love everywhere you go. God bless you!