Will the rich enter heaven?

Matthew 19:23-25 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceeding amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?”

After the scenario between Jesus and the young man, Jesus ended with the bible verses as seen above. Having said this his disciples were so amazed and I can say that those sayings also made them scared and they asked, “Who then can be saved?” that’s a good question

Truly and humanly speaking, anyone who hears such a saying will ask the same question the disciples asked including me – whether in the heart or you voice it out. But the truth is that everyone and anyone can get to heaven – the rich, poor, the highly placed, the lowly including the young man that came to Jesus to ask. This will only happen in one condition, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” So to get to heaven, rich or poor, high or low, whosoever you may be, you must be born again. It is our own choice enter or not enter into heaven. So the problem or challenge of the young man that came to Jesus is not because he was rich and for that reason he won’t enter heaven but it was because he put his wealth first not God, he trusted in the amount of possessions he had and the money in his fat bank account not God. So invariably, what Christ meant when he said “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” is that it is impossible for those that trust in their riches – transient riches and possessions, those that put their hope and life in uncertain riches and not God, to enter into heaven

Abraham was a very rich man in his days and he knew God not only knowing God, he loved God. In fact he was called a friend of God. Abraham was a man that never put his great possessions as first thing in his life and he went to heaven because he didn’t put his trust on those things he had on earth but on those things – the better possessions he had in heaven and today we all sing “Abraham’s blessings are mine” because we want to be partakers of those blessings

In case you don’t know, it is the will of God that you live a comfortable, prosperous life here on earth because that would be like a thirst of the Kingdom life before you finally experience the true kingdom in heaven. But YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. Am not talking of being a nominal Christian – a church goer, a Sunday school teacher, etc. am not saying they are bad but am saying you must have a genuine conversion, a definite change in your life and character, a day you can remember when you surrender your life to God and accept him as your Lord and Saviour and have received grace to live the life of a believer. This is the only criteria for seeing God or entering into that kingdom regardless of your riches or lack of it

It is only the new birth that can translate you from the earthly kingdom into the heavenly kingdom where everyone desires. Your riches can’t take you there so why put your trust and all in uncertain riches or why love the world so much when there is a heaven to go to. Words cannot describe heaven because it’s indescribable. No spot in the surface of the earth will do – it’s beyond compare. In conclusion, the rich can enter heaven if They are born again and secondly they don’t begin to love riches above God – the giver of the wealth, but put their trust and hope in him looking for that blessed hope

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