Gospel – 8/18/20 – Matthew 19:23-30
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
If nothing you own, or are responsible for, turns you from the ultimate reward, you will be able to achieve Heaven. Heaven is our birth right but it isn’t promised to us.
We must be willing to let go of things here in the World if it should cause us to lose sight of where we are destined to be.
If your spouse tries to lure you away from God . . . let them go.
If your children refuse to hear your story about God . . . let them go.
If your possessions and your money become an obstacle to serving God . . . let them go.
Only by keeping God as your ultimate goal can you attain what is our birth right.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…