Episode #105: Misplaced Trust
“Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23-24)
People with money often get ridiculed by people with less money than them. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a rich person use this verse to condemn themselves. You know why? Because somebody always has more stuff. There are two types of people in this passage. There are people who have riches and there are people who trust in riches. Notice verse 24 doesn’t say, “those who trust in, THEIR, riches.” It says, “those who trust in riches.”
The issue doesn’t lie in who holds the wealth. The issue lies in who the wealth holds. If our security is in our wealth, it is misplaced. If our hope is in the wealth of others, it is misplaced. We will have a hard time entering the gates of heaven if we can’t learn to let go of the doors to the bank. Let us be a people who honestly examine our hearts and see where we have placed our hope and security. We can’t be blessed by God if our hands our closed tight around the riches of this world whether those riches are ours or someone else’s. Only an open hand can receive and give blessings.
Love Y’all! Be Blessed!