Numbers 16:20–35; Romans 4:1–12; Matthew 19:23–30
At the time Jesus spoke these hard and shocking words, people thought the rich had God’s favor. Conversely, it was thought that the poor did not have God’s favor, as evidenced by their poverty. As to the camel and the needle, who in the world is saved if not the rich? The rest of us poor schlubs haven’t got a chance.
But, with God, all things are possible: forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are available to all through the saving life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The invitation is open to rich and poor alike.
And for those who follow? Not an easy life, as following Jesus leads us down paths we would not naturally seek. But the last ones of the world—we followers of Jesus—will find ourselves first, not through own own striving or goodness, but through the mercy and love of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant to us all this day the favor you bear for your people. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Peter Lurvey, NALC Pastor, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada .