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Through The Eye of a Needle
by Wayne Blank
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God"
Jesus' famous "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24 KJV) was not speaking primarily about wealth (righteous, and wealthy, Abraham will be in the Kingdom of God; see No Class Struggles In Christianity). Christ was talking about an attitude of always putting faithfulness and obedience to God first, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works" (Matthew 16:26-27 KJV). That principle applies to anything in this life that is made more important than obeying God.
Salvation is an invitation to everyone.
"And when one of them that sat at meat with Him heard these things, He said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
But what of those who are too involved in other things (notice in the example given that it describes various worldy interests that are "more important" than living according to God's Way all of the time) to live a life that is an acceptance of the invitation?
"And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
Fact Finder: What other famous parable (among many others) dealt with living a life in preparation for a life that will never end?