28 Aug Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 86
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 86-Homestead, Pennsylvania: Getting Through the Eye of a Needle
Being able to crossover from this world to the next is a complex puzzle that is defined through the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ when He walked among us on Earth. In the present day God still walks with us, but in a new and exciting way. We are taught to obey God and follow His commandments, but is that enough to get to Heaven? If we are obedient, do we have a free pass into God’s Kingdom?
In the Bible there is a unique story where a man runs up to Jesus and asks what he must do to gain eternal glory. Jesus said quite simply in Matthew that he must, “know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother”. The man was very excited and expressed how he had whole-heartedly kept all of these commandments since he was a small child. Under most circumstances you would think that, WOW this mortal is really on his way towards the Kingdom.
God pushed it even further with the man and with complete love said even further again in Matthew, “one thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me”. The man who was quite distraught walked away. The impacts of these teachings are very simple to understand. If we are blessed with riches in this world, we must use it for God’s glory.
While wealth is a blessing for some, it may be a death wish for others. If we disobey God, we will perish. God also teaches us that it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle, then for a rich person to enter Heaven. Wealth comes in many forms and does not always refer to money. Money is a tool that we use in this world and not meant for us to worship. Worshipping money and wealth does not please God, and is the equivalent of worshiping the devil or a false god. We can get through the eye of the needle, because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. In this transformation from God we are born again, which allows us to have the will power to obey God.
Reflection Day #86
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: