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August 10, 2019

With God

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-26)

Jesus blew His disciples away by saying that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Their response was “who then can be saved?”  They might have been thinking, “don’t rich people have all the advantages?” Or maybe “just think of all the good things rich men can do with their money.” Doesn’t money open doors and pave the way for getting into heaven? No! According to Jesus, no amount of money can buy our way into heaven. In fact, money can be a barrier. 

Why is money a problem? There are several answers to that important question, but in the end, money is a problem because it gives us the illusion that we do not need God. With enough money, I can get what I want. I can go where I want to go. I can be who I want to be. Money is power and with that power, it is easy to think that I do not need God. I can take care of myself.

Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no way that I can get myself into heaven. Money cannot buy me a ticket. My good deeds will never be enough. My heart will always wander away from God. In Jesus’ words, with man salvation is impossible.

But, God can save us! He can enter our lives and do the impossible. He can bring me into the Kingdom of Heaven because, nothing is impossible with God. He can take a sinful, lost, selfish man and change that man from the inside out. He can save a man who cannot save himself. He can make new creations out of shipwrecked castaways,  “…with God all things are possible.”

Question: Have I given up trying to save myself and come to God for His salvation?Never think we can earn our way to heaven, only God can save us.

Challenge: Read Matthew 8:1-4, hear the words of the leper, and examine your own heart.

Prayer: Father in Heaven, please forgive my sins and be my Savior.

Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks

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