“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.’ ” Mark 10:27
Jesus and his disciples have just finished their encounter with the rich young ruler. That promising young man has left Jesus sad because while he knows he’s making the wrong choice he finds that he’s incapable of breaking the hold his money and possessions have on his heart. Jesus, with sadness filling his own heart, has just turned to his disciples and and warned them about the seductive power of riches and the disciples have responded by expressing their own astonishment with the words, “Who then can be saved?”
“With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Do you have something in your life that repeatedly, consistently, irresistibly has a hold on your heart, drawing you away from God?
Like the rich young ruler it might be your possessions. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to have a lot. The seductive power of possessions isn’t necessarily found in volume of them. It’s all about the relationship the heart has with them.
When I was in South Korea, serving as a student missionary, in the early 1990s, I met a Korean man that had been, prior to giving his heart to Christ, a jazz guitarist. It wasn’t long after his conversion that he realized that it didn’t matter what kind of music he played, when he played it was all about his own glory, his own pride. He could be playing, “All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name,” but his heart was calling, see how wonderful I am.
Brother Cho decided that his main purpose in this life was to learn to put Jesus first and to humble his own heart; so he got rid of his guitar and he stopped playing. He said it was hard, the call to make excuses to justify the glorification of self was strong, but step by step, day by day, God has given him contentment and victory in truly making God first in his life.
With God all things are possible.