It’s hard to separate the idea of success from wealth and material possession – and it isn’t just a Western thing. For the world, success is an accumulation of things. But Yeshua tells His Disciples something quite different – He tells them not to not worry about building wealth on earth – but to focus on the things above – spiritual wealth.
The rich young ruler was an example for us. When Yeshua asked the ruler to sell what he had and give to the poor and follow him, the ruler couldn’t do it. He couldn’t do it because he was rich. If he were poor and had nothing – the decision would have been much easier for him. But when the stakes are high…
Thankfully, there is hope for even those who would rather keep their money than follow Yeshua. When the rich, young ruler walked away from Yeshua, Yeshua turned to His disciples and stated that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. His disciples wondered if anyone would be saved at all. But then Yeshua offered a glimpse of hope.
Yeshua said that what seemed impossible for man was possible for God – because anything is possible with God.