26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Jesus in this passage spoke to his disciples about the difficulty of the salvation of those who have abundance of this world. Those who thus eagerly seek the wealth of the world, will find it difficult to follow Christ and his grace.
Also, as to the greatness of the salvation of those who have but little of this world, and leave it for Christ.
Jesus tells the rich young man to sell all his possessions, possibly including his land, and give everything he had and give to the poor. This is a precise mandate to a particular person who worships wealth as Idol.
The point Jesus makes is not that money is incompatible with salvation. He’s only demonstrating, for this person, that there is one thing he’s not willing to sacrifice for the sake of obeying God, i.e. his wealth (His Idol).
Jesus also continue to tell the disciples that to inherit the kingdom of God, they must let go of their desire for power and authority. To fully follow Jesus, He calls us to be willing to surrender our idols.
Idols could be your enormous wealth, your sense of “financial security,” where we don’t feel any risk or sacrifice in our giving, personal health, security or the freedom to choose what is best for ourselves.
Paul sacrificed everything, including his life, in his mission to spread the gospel. Still, he said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
We need to consider what earthly treasure we are holding on to so tightly that our grip could pull a camel through the eye of a needle. It is then we need to be able to open our hands and offer it to God.
When Jesus told His disciples that it is easy for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. The disciples look with surprise and anxiety of mind.
They began to say who then can enter into the kingdom of God?. Jesus saw their anxiety and said:
‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; All things are possible with God.’”
Jesus saw the rich young man eager to “inherit eternal life” go sadly away when told that he would have to release all that he owned to the poor.
Jesus is not saying that he is blocked because he is wealthy, rather He is saying that he is blocked because his wealth is of more importance to him than “the kingdom of heaven.”
With God it is possible. Just release everything to Him.