Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, 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.” Matthew 19:23-24
As most of you will know, this well known verse follows the story of the rich young man who came to Jesus asking how to gain eternal life, but left in sadness because he was unwilling to give up his wealth and put Jesus first in his life. Although this passage is not condemning wealth per se, I know that it can be tempting to be complacent in our financial stability or to constantly worry about improving our finances. It is sometimes very easy for me to enjoy the relative wealth that my family and I have and forget about God and how I can best use my finances to serve Him. Or perhaps for you it is your job, your friends or your home which you are tempted to place first in your life ahead of the Lord. Whatever the case may be for you, let us pray for ourselves and each other, that we may always seek first the kingdom of heaven.