Who, then, can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, 'With men this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God' (Mark 10:26-27, NIV)
IS "GOODNESS" just another commodity one can buy over the counter? Or, is it rather a possession one receives from God because of the person's faithfulness to God? Jesus certainly does not view it as a flippant possession one receives. Assuming that we can "buy" goodness in the kingdom is a deadly assumption.
How hard is it to enter the kingdom? It requires that we submit to the authority of God with all of our hearts. It matters not how much we have earned or possessed, or how much we have given of ourselves.
To really enter the kingdom is a very difficult thing to do. Jesus says to remember that it is not really necessary how a person has gained his wealth, if it was done in an honest manner, or how great it may be, but how one uses what he has that really matters.
Salvation is not something one has earned, but rather something that has been given to us by God.
O Lord, help us to realize the greatness of Your mercy in sending Jesus to freely give us salvation. Help us to live with salvation in mind. In Jesus' name. Amen.
- MORRIS M. WOMACK, Oak Park, California