8 Secrets of Truly Rich - Chapter 17

8 Secrets of the Truly Rich

By: Bo Sanchez
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Do You Believe that the Rich
Won't Enter the Heaven
?

Again. I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
- Mathew 19:24


The verse above is often quoted as a proof that heaven isn't for rich people.
I've got two problems with that.
First of all, they don't read the verse right after that verse....

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked,"Who then can be
saved? Jesus looked at them ad said, "With man this is possible, but with God all things are
possible.
- Mathew 19:25-26

Jesus didn't say, "It's impossible for rich people to enter heaven."He simply said ,"It's going to be more difficult for the rich person to enter heaven. "Why is that? Because Jesus says to whom much is given, much more will be required (Luke 12:48).
Anyone who has more talents, for example , will also be judged in a different way that one who has less. Paul even says, "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly "(James 3:1).
If you're a teacher, that means it's also more difficult to enter heaven.
So should I be terrified of severe judgment and give up preaching? Oh woe is me, what have I done? I preach 300 times a year. My goodness. Should I resign today and find myself another job? (Hmmm. I wonder if I can be a male ramp model...)
Wait a minute. Who then will preach if everyone says, "Don't be a preacher. It's so difficult to go to heaven because on Judgment Day, you'll be judged more strictly."

This is silly thinking.
In the same way, don't avoid wealth simply because it's difficult to enter heaven.
Because God needs godly people who will run business, give jobs, and bless the world with great services and great products.
Here's my second point: Don't take the "camel through an eye of a needle" literally. The illustration is so out-of-this-world, no wonder people think it's impossible.
But when Jesus said, "camel through an eye of a needle." ancient Jews would have immediately understood what He was referring to. "The eye of a needle" was a common idiom for the doorway of a camel's home.
The doorway is very small. So a camel coming home from a caravan should do two things to enter it. First, he needs to unload his bags from his back. Second , he has to stoop down and crawl inside.
And thus we get the meaning of this passage: We now know what a rich person needs to do. First, he needs to unload his wealth either by literally giving it all away (as celibates in religious congregations do), or by spiritually detaching himself from all his wealth as all of us should do.
Second, he should stoop down before God and acknowledge that all belongs to him. A rich person must remain humble before the Lord and before others.
What if Tony Tan of Jollibee responded to this particular Bible passage saying, "Gosh, rich people can't enter heaven? I won't go into business..."
Then, thousands upon thousands of people won't have jobs today. I know because each year, my own Beaconlight Corporate Training Team gives powerful leadership and life-management seminars to over a thousand Jollibee store managers (who love their jobs, by the way.) Where would they be if Tony decided not to get into business?
Thank God, his response was very different.
Remember: The rich can go to heaven if they're truly rich.
It's not impossible, only more difficult.
Don't be afraid of a challenge.

Do you believe that the rich won't enter heaven?



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