Legend has it that there was a small gate in the wall that surrounded Jerusalem. When they closed the main gate at sunset this small gate, called the “eye of the needle” was the only way you could get in and out of the city. It was only big enough for a human to walk through. If you had a camel and needed to get inside, the camel would have to get on its knees and crawl. That wasn’t an easy task, and Jesus uses it as an example to make His point.
“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.”
It Can Control Us
This scripture always catches people off guard. First, you ask yourself, “Is it impossible for a rich person to go to heaven?” Next, you look at it and wonder how a camel can go through the eye of a needle? Jesus is trying to make a point. Money can get in the way of us following Him. Paul tells us that the desire for money is the root of all evil. If we allow it to consume us, it will make us do things we would’ve never considered before.
Money isn’t evil. It’s neutral. The real issue is our heart. Wealthy people aren’t all evil, but some do evil things to get more money. Jesus is trying to tell us that if we allow the desire to make money become an idol in our life, it will be tough to go to heaven. We can’t serve two masters. We will love one and hate the other.
Eye of the Needle
The best path is to follow Jesus and let Him provide for your needs. Be content with what you have. He who can be trusted with a little can be trusted with more. Pour yourself into things that will have eternal value like learning the word of God, serving others, and being part of a vibrant community of believers. You will find much more joy and satisfaction than chasing after money.