Eye of a Needle
“For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:25).
A needle is a tiny one and that too, the eye of it is too small. The tailors will send the thread through the eye of the needle and begin to stitch. How could a camel be made to enter into that small eye of the needle? The people of the world will immediately say that it is not possible; not possible at all. But God says, “It is possible. There is nothing impossible for God.”
One day, a rich young man came to Jesus and asked, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18). He was not only a wealthy person but also one who followed the law right from the young age. Christ looked at him and said, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).
Since he was very rich he became sorrowful when he heard that. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches 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 man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:24, 25) And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:26, 27).
There were twelve entrances to Jerusalem. The Israelites made the entrance very narrow in such a way that only one person can enter through it. This was done out of fear that if the entrances are broad enough, the enemies along with their cavalry or their army of camels, invade through the broad entrances and capture the fort. Because of this, the entrance was known as ‘entrance of the needle.’ But in spite of this arrangement, the merchants would make their camel kneel and crawl into the entrance and with great difficulty gain entry. The children of God will turn even that ‘entrance of the needle’ into an entrance of prayer.
Yes. Prosperity will not be a hurdle to a person who kneels down and prays. Even though many children of God were rich, they prayed and inherited the eternity. Our forefathers like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were rich. Though they were rich and in possession of huge livestock, they followed God in Toto, devoted themselves in prayer to the end and inherited the heavenly Kingdom. Yes. It is possible for God.
To meditate: “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great;” (Genesis 24:34, 35).