Have you ever heard the phrase, “Harder than fitting a camel through the eye of a needle”? Jesus coined it. Here’s what he said:
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25).
The largest animal known in the society of Jesus’ day was the camel, and the smallest opening was the eye of a needle. Jesus is painting a picture of the impossibility that any of us can enter life with God on our own.
We’re just too big. Big in our own eyes. Big with loads of earthly stuff.
Jesus did the impossible. Jesus made it through the eye of the needle.
Keep in mind how big Jesus is. Jesus is bigger than the mountains, the oceans, and the entire planet (um, he created it). Jesus is bigger than the most powerful empires of the world. Jesus is bigger than your problems.
How could he fit through the eye of a needle?
Jesus became small. By becoming a poor, little baby. By giving up his bigness and beauty. By suffering the curse of sin and death. Jesus became the servant of everyone.
This means your sins are forgiven. What you cannot ever do by yourself, Jesus did for you. Don’t be afraid of becoming small and following him.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, how can you be so big and yet so small? How I can be so small yet think I am so big? I pray today that I will never be too big in my own eyes again, so that you can be everything to me that you want to be. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: It’s not wrong or sinful to be rich, to have closets full of clothes, to possess multiple tech devices, to choose which car you’d like to drive. What can happen, however, is that good things become ultimate things. We learn to need them. We discover that they can make us happy—without needing God. Take a spiritual inventory today of your good things. Thank God for them. And position Jesus ahead of them all.