I Can’t Permit My Riches to Replace His Richest!
“The Eye of the Needle”
“And again I say unto you, 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, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25
When doing some research, one reference source explains the “eye of the needle” as a secondary gate into a city which was used at night when the primary entrance had already been sealed for the evening. This gate was much smaller in height and width than the main gate. The only way that a camel could enter would be to get down on its knees, be stripped of all of its baggage and guided carefully though.
In our text, the Lord isn’t condemning anyone for being rich; however the warning is being given to all who have excelled in obtaining material gain. Be your riches in the areas of: finances, education, prestige, or in any other area; whatever you have acquired in excessive must not replace your love and allegiance to the Lord. Far too often, when someone begins to “move up the ladder” their level of dedication, integrity, and loyalty to the Lord gradually begins to diminish.
We have read for years that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just. We have also heard about the great release of finances that is on the onset for those who have been faithful.
As you continue to receive your endtime release, it is imperative that you increase your devotion and admiration to and for the Lord.
Don’t lose your focus. One of the concepts concerning the eye of the needle that is relevant for today is this: we must be willing to be stripped of everything for the cause of Christ. We must not become so attached to anything - that we will not release it at a command from the Lord. Also, we must never consider ourselves too “important” to get down on our hands, knees and faces in the presence of the Lord (Give no place to the spirit of pride!).
The eye of the needle can also be symbolic to entering into the holy of holies in the realm of the spirit. We must be stripped of everything prior to the Lord granting us permission to enter. Many people are “saved”; however not everyone who has accepted Christ as their Saviour will be given access to the “holy of holies” in the realm of the spirit. To gain access requires one to value their relationship with the Lord to the degree that they are willing to surrender any and everything, for and to Him.
Again I reiterate: Don’t Lose Your Focus! The tables have begun to turn and the imminent release to the true Saints is no longer pending – it’s here! However, if we are going to retain all that we receive, we must maintain our relationship with the Lord; and increase in our devotion to Him. Our hearts must remain pliable to the leading of the Holy Spirit. When we totally surrender our hearts – then whatever is in our hands will automatically flow though us. We must never forget that we are always blessed to be a blessing Never neglect the opportunity to be a sower. You have precious seed that must be released.
Don’t be compared to the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-26). Daily remind yourself that you must be able and willing to forsake it all for the cause of Christ.
I challenge you in this season to become more alert in the realm of the spirit. Fine tune your ear to hear the quiet -yet thunderous voice of the Holy Spirit. Above all…. remain disciplined enough to pass through the eye of the needle…. And Don’t Your Riches to Replace His RICHEST!!!!