In preparation for a sermon this coming Sunday, I am studying Mark 10:17-31. I am struck by the question the disciples ask Jesus in the passage, "Who then can be saved?" When they listened to the interaction of Jesus and the rich, young ruler they were shocked to see the young man leave dejected over Jesus' statement. Then, they were even more shocked when Jesus says it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it was for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.
Why is it so difficult for the rich man to enter the Kingdom? What if you don't have much money, is it still difficult for you?
The point of the interaction is not necessarily about money, but about what the young man loved. What is in your life that you love more than Christ? It might be people, a place or stuff, but it might be ideas, accolades or accomplishments as well. What is your heart anchored to that is keeping you from loving and following Christ supremely?
Think through this to begin, then, join me later this week as we think about the graciousness of God in saving us.