“'Then who can be saved?' He replied, 'What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.'” (Luke 18:26b-27)
Jesus is so demanding. The apostle Paul gets a bad rap, being judged for cultural comments I am sure he would not say today. The apostle Paul gives believers theological comfort over-and-over-again. "Justification by Faith" was not some concept invented by the great reformer, Martin Luther. Luther took the idea that we do not earn our salvation from Paul's letters.
Jesus was much harder on us. Today's verse is framed by the story of the wealthy ruler who wanted to follow Jesus, but was turned away because he wouldn't give up all his riches. Then Jesus seems to simply go off on anyone who doesn't make the faith the first priority in their lives. Jesus challenges us with the statement, "Indeed, 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.” This is followed with an announcement, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
If your motto is, "I want it all," you will end up with nothing in eternity, according to Jesus. This is because God's motto is, "I want it all," or said even better, "I want all of you, your whole being!" Today, prayerfully contemplate how much of yourself you give to God, and whether there are parts of yourself you keep from God. Does God have your attention at home? Does God influence your decision making at work? Then pray for God to guide you to a deeper relationship, which places the divine in every aspect of your life.
Don't let this passage frighten you away. Let it motivate you to include God at a deeper level.