[Jesus continued,] "In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"
The disciples were astounded. "Then who in the world can be saved?" they asked.
— Mark 10:25-26 NLT
If we are talking about meeting a legal requirement to be saved, we're all doomed. God is holy, and we are not. God is pure, and we are not. God is generous, and we struggle to be. God is genuine, and we struggle with hypocrisy. God is gracious, and we are often petty and grudging. And ... when it comes to money, the vast majority of people are selfish or fearful or miserly or faithless. So who can be saved? Ah, God has already provided for our shortcomings and rebellious moments, as long as they are moments and not a way of life. Otherwise, who could be saved?!
O Father, I recognize salvation as a gift from your grace. I do not deserve it. I did not earn it. However, dear Father, please know I cherish this gift of grace, and I praise you for your loving and sacrificial generosity shown me in Jesus. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Romans 3:21-25
- Ephesians 2:1-10
- Acts 2:36-40
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.