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Throw off What Binds Me


Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to 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 receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” ‘       Luke 18:24-25,29-30, ESV


Jesus paints an image of the extreme difficulty it is to try to enter the Kingdom of God. Having an attachment to the things of the world can restrict us by throwing us off the narrow path. Likewise, if our grip on the things of this world is so intense that separation would be excruciating, we are not fit to enter. Jesus is saying to throw off the burdens and bondage that the things of this world place on us. 

These are the very things that distract us from following the life that God has for us. Jesus was not saying that riches were bad, but rather it is the attachment to these things that makes entering the kingdom of God, difficult.


I had to ask the question that Jesus posed to the rich man to myself. I know I would have difficulty as well. I know it may be easier to follow the commandments that Jesus asked the rich man about than to give up things. So this morning, I had to ask myself about the attachment I have to things. Would I choose these things over following Christ? Jesus may never ask me to give up my possessions, but I know He is asking me to keep my heart and soul free from the bonds of money. 


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your word to me this morning. Thank you for reminding me of the life you have called me to live. Help me to use the things you have blessed me with to serve You and others. Please help us to remember what has true value and what our mission is. We love You and ask of this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen!



イエスは、彼が悲しんでいるのを見て言われた、「富んでいる者が神の国に入るのは、何と難しいことだろう。金持ちが神の国に入るよりも、らくだが針の穴を通る方が易しいからです。” そして彼らに言った。”まことに、あなたがたに言うが、神の国のために、家や妻や兄弟や親や子供を捨てた者は、この時代には何倍にもなり、来るべき時代には永遠のいのちを受けない者はいない。” ルカ18:24-25,29-30, ESV









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