“Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor”
This command is not simply a demand for poverty. It was
The young man is shocked and walks away disappointed and grieved. The disciples were equally surprised. Even more, they realized that keeping the law is not enough to inherit eternal life. It is impossible to follow
God does not care how many things you own as long as those things do not own you. A person may have millions and be quite detached. Another may have only a goat and be much attached. There is no sorrow where there is no treasure to lose. If we are detached from our possessions, our good name, our prestige, there is no one who can hurt us.
Those who entered the city at night had to strip their camel of all its baggage and pull the animal through a very tight passageway into the city. Then the rider went back outside the city wall to carry his baggage through the tunnel, reload the stuff onto the camel and take it into the city. The Russian Orthodox Church in
This biblical picture is a portrait of stripping yourself of unnecessary attachments. In fact, the selling of material wealth and property is not advisable, but actually critical. Rather than a sign of God’s blessing, material wealth is treated as a sign that someone is not heeding God’s will.
There is a life of prosperity and a life of poverty; it is a matter of choice. Not chance but choice. Blessing is a result of choice we make, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing….choose” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
So many Christians live with a syndrome called ‘poverty complex’. They say, “
Can we detach ourselves of the riches the make it difficult for us to enter through the Narrow Gate that leads to the kingdom? Can we offload all the unnecessary baggage that we have been carrying around for years and leave it at the foot of the cross?