“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mat 19:24)
This is a somewhat distressing concept and shows just how blinding wealth and riches can be. People who have all they need are less likely to acknowledge the call of their hearts to the Savior. They are also able to be busy in a thousand distractions and find pleasure in many other pastimes.
But we can rest assured that nothing is impossible for God, and He is completely able and willing to touch the heart of the wealthy just as He can touch the heart of the poor and needy. Both are equally lost, and both are equally in need of a Savior.
When we think of evangelism, we must not discount the powerful, rich, and wealthy. They need Jesus, and He loves them just as much as anyone else. Nobody is beyond His reach.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that nothing is impossible for You. Amen.
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Mat 16:26)
When we have an eternal perspective, our worldly trappings come into their true perspective. How important is our salvation and the salvation of others.
The Bible suggests that not even if we gained all the wealth in the world would it be worth losing our souls. Do we really take this perspective, or do we give too much weight to wealth and power?
Those we talk to about Jesus, or should be talking to about Jesus, are poor, blind, and naked without Him and will go to a Christless eternity if they don’t hear, repent, and get saved. It doesn’t matter how wealthy they are; it is of no value.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You are more valuable than anything. Amen.
“For they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.” (Psa 49:17)
Naked we came into the world, and empty handed we will depart from it. We can take nothing with us except the souls we will meet again that we had some eternal impact on.
All the houses, nice clothes, cars, gadgets, and toys will all be gone when we face our Maker in eternity. There are no status symbols, no trappings of wealth, no authority, and no power—just us alone before Him.
Our salvation is assured as we plead the blood of Him who died for us and paid the penalty we would otherwise have to endure. It is a perspective worth dwelling on when we assess what is really important in this all-too-brief life.
Quick Prayer: One day I will be face to face with You. Thank You for the wonderful gift of Your salvation. Amen.
“So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship.” (Act 8:27)
Phillip was told to go and wait on a specific road. Had he not been listening to God, he would not have been there. God placed him there for a specific purpose. He then had the courage to abandon protocol and talk to an important person about Jesus. Philip would explain to a seeker what the Bible meant and who Jesus was.
The influence Phillip had over the Ethiopian eunuch not only led to the salvation of an important man, but it also led to the birth of a Christian nation in Africa. A whole country and then millions on a new continent were influenced by one man being obedient to the prompting of God.
Quick Prayer: Give me an opportunity to be an influence for You. Amen.