Our Need For God
“And Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19.24 NKJV).
When we prosper with worldly abundance—money, health, fame, intelligence, accolades—it may be difficult to see past our worldly sufficiency to see our need for Christ. We want everything on this earth to be perfect, creating our own Garden of Eden, but we forget that without Jesus we are separated from God for eternity. One day we will die and leave behind the castles we have built on this earth. If we don’t see our need for Christ in this life, we won’t get the chance in the next. But how do we see our need for Him if we have comfortable lives that lack nothing? Jesus Himself said that it is easier for a camel to fit through a tiny hole than it is for a wealthy person to enter the Kingdom of God, but He also adds that God makes all things possible (Matthew 19.26). God allows hardships in our lives to help us understand our need for Him. He tolerates sin for a brief moment on earth to expose our self-made Garden of Eden, so we will reach out for Him and grasps a life with true meaning. It is the storms of life that cause us to see our need. Once we experience our need, we will cling onto Jesus as the Source of all Life that He is. And no matter the worldly possessions thrown our way, we will continue to understand that without Jesus we truly have nothing. We can rejoice in our trials because we know that they make a way for the rich man to enter into the kingdom of God—they make a way for us to seek and find Jesus.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6.20 NIV).