There was a day when only those of the ‘upper crust’ could enter certain buildings or clubs. One club held themselves in such esteem that when their club caught fire, the doorman ordered the firemen round to the servants’ entrance. The fire raged on the first, second and third floor, but the firemen entered from the back and fought the fire while the staff continued to serve dinner to the members.
Yes, indeed this is a true story about The Somerset Club at 42 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
Won’t those members be surprised to get to heaven and discover that they have to mix with riff-raff like me? (And you and maybe puppies too!)
Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
Jesus said, “If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.”
Jesus said, “Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.”
The young man said, “I’ve done all that. What’s left?”
“If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.”
That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go.
Jesus told his disciples, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom? Let me tell you, it’s easier to gallop a camel through a needle’s eye than for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.”
The disciples were staggered. “Then who has any chance at all?”
Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. (You have) every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”(From Matthew 19:16-26, MSG)
Prayer- Lord we lean on you with all our hearts, minds and souls as you bring us through what we ought to know, do and be. Amen.