And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:24-27)
There are many things in this world beyond the power of man to know or understand. He is limited by the boundaries of his own habitation and he cannot go beyond. It is impossible for man to fly. He created machines that carry him through the air but man will never be able to fly like a bird because he is not made in that form. It is impossible for man to walk to the moon, travel to distant stars, dwell in the oceans or create life. The list is endless of what man cannot do and falls under the category of impossible. To define the word impossible is to understand it cannot be done. This is unlike the achievements of men that went beyond the normal perception. There was a time when men said walking on the moon was impossible and yet that feat was accomplished in 1969. Men will look at this to believe they can do anything and nothing is impossible for them. Columbus believed he could sail beyond the western horizon and come back – which he accomplished. Striving for the impossible has led man to learn great things about his world. When all is said and done, there are many things man can do and will accomplish in the future. The apostle Paul reminded the idol worshippers of Athens that man has a habitation and he is limited. There are things that are impossible for man to do.
The contrast of man’s limitation and the unlimited power of God is what makes the nature of God so incredible. A rich man came to Jesus seeking eternal life but did not have the heart to follow Jesus without his riches. This discouraged the disciples. They thought if anyone would be saved it was the rich man. Jesus knew the man’s heart and while he would have made a noble disciple he would never have given up his love of money. Man cannot serve God and mammon. It is hard for those who love their riches to enter into the kingdom of God. Reacting to the rich man walking away the disciples lamented the possibility of salvation for anyone. The Lord declares that men will look at the situation of the rich man as an impossible task but with His Father anything could be done. Imagine a billionaire being told to give all his wealth to the poor and follow Jesus. Men would shake their heads and say that is asking too much. The point of the story is the difference what man can do by himself and what a man can do with God.
If the rich man had a heart of service he would have gone home, sold all his possessions and returned to follow Jesus. His friends would have thought he had lost his mind. It is uncertain what his family circumstance was but Jesus knew what the man needed to do and demanded a heavy payment. The Lord did not ask this rich man to do anything he could not have done. From his view, the rich man said that was impossible. It could not be done and it would not be done. How does one give up such wealth to follow Jesus Christ? Impossible. What the rich young ruler failed to see is that with God he could have done that. Anything with God can be done. Everything with God will be accomplished.
Living a Christian life will be the most joyous life anyone can live. There can and will be times the cost is high. Temptation will creep in seeking to seduce the spirit to walk away from God and serve the flesh. Passions will fill the heart driving the will of man to the brink of disaster. Decisions will have to be made that test the limits of man’s ability to endure. Persecution can become a real threat. How does man overcome these challenges and remain faithful to the Lord? WITH GOD. The only way to have the power to find eternal life is to submit the will of man to the will of God. Jesus said that WITH GOD nothing is impossible. Trusting in the love of God to guide the decisions of life will bring about the impossible. What seemed beyond the reach of man will become real. Let the power of God work in your life to realize the impossible.