When I put my youngest son to bed, his favorite thing to do after we pray is watch a few YouTube highlight videos on my phone. We mostly watch sports, crazy or funny plays. It is amazing, some of the out-of-the-ordinary things that have been caught on camera during competition. Many of them could never be recreated again and are deemed impossible.
Jesus’ conversation with the rich ruler wrapped up in Luke’s account with a teaching point. The point is that it’s nearly impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. As I stated earlier, it’s hard for me to gather from Scriptures clear evidence to the contrary that Jesus had a personal vendetta against wealth. In the Old Testament, God used some very wealthy men and blessed them. In the New Testament Jesus also partied with and associated with wealthy people, and some wealthy people were pillars of the early church. However, wealth is a dangerous barrier to choosing Jesus. In fact, Jesus taught on money as much as any other subject.
Jesus had observed that those who didn’t have overt physical needs weren’t very responsive to the Good News about the Kingdom of God. It’s true today that the Gospel often spreads more rapidly among the poor. When it comes to choosing Jesus it takes genuine humility to admit our need for a savior. Pride is often masked by wealth and comfort. Pride is so difficult because it’s almost impossible to see in the mirror.
Ask a trusted friend or your spouse to point out areas where they see pride in your life. Use their answers to choose more of Jesus and less of you.