Posted by: forfreedomalone | 07/12/2013

Are you richer than you thought?

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

We have been taught that he was talking about people who are lots of money, people who are “rich”. Well, that certainly makes sense in the context of grammar.
He did say it was hard for a ‘rich man’ to enter heaven after all. Therefore, the only people who make it to heaven must be poor. Correct? If ‘rich’ means ‘has lots of money’ then that has to follow, in a logical way. But that does not tie in with other scriptures.

This statement was made after a conversation with a Pharisee who asked Jesus what he needed to do to be sure of eternal life. He asked “what good thing must I do?”. The question a self righteous person would ask. “What must I do?” Jesus told him he needed to keep the commandments. “Which ones?” was the next self righteous question. He is still looking for a way to say “Ah, I have done that, I am now qualified!”.
Jesus picks commandments numbers 5 to 10 because he knows the Pharisee has kept them. But the young man know he still lacks something, what is it? Jesus tells him ” If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”

Why does he say this? Because the commandment the young man had not kept was the first.”Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Money, per sae, is not an issue, other gods are. In this case the young man’s god was money,but money is not the only god which can keep us from eternal life.
Eternal life begins the moment we are born again. At that second we receive the Holy Spirit and the zoe of God. The zoe, or life, that God experiences; but there is a catch. To experience it, we have to put him first. We have it, it is ours, but it is not experienced if we put our faith in anything other than him.

Jesus said that “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Traditionally, “mammon” has be translated as “money”, but it doesn’t mean money, it means “self righteousness, self sufficiency”.
If our god is any other god bar the Almighty we will fail to experience eternal life.

Are you rich in ability, beauty, physical strength, intelligence, business power? Are you in possession of anything which can make you “somebody”? Are you looking to anything other than “Christ and him crucified”? Then you too are ‘rich’ and may find that the door is a tad narrow to accommodate you.

To enter the kingdom of heaven we do indeed need to be poor. Poor in spirit.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
This “poverty” is a position of knowing that we are reduced to being beggars. We have nothing to bring to the relationship but our nothingness. From this position we can be lifted up to that of great wealth in Christ. Wealth which has nothing to do with money. We may have money or we many not, it will not matter, we will be rich in spirit and can say with Paul “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
This poverty is not one of finances, but of spirit. Of laying down his life to the will of his Father.
If we are willing to divest ourselves of our riches and become poor, in this spiritual way, we will find ourselves richer than we ever imagined possible; through our inheritance in Him.

If we are poor in this way the doorway will be more than wide enough to accommodate us.

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