Matthew 19:23-26, “23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, 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.” 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
In business there are things looked into for the health and the growth of the business. They look at ASSETS and LIABILITIES columns as part of their analysis for the health and growth of business. Assets are properties or things or people of great value. In accounting, they are items on balance sheet that constitute the total value of an organization. Liability has a different description, for the sake of the point I would like to make, I will describe it as something that holds somebody back (organization, business) or causes trouble.
Here is a classic example of a RICH young ruler coming to Jesus with what he considered assets to gain or secure him everlasting life. He comes ready that upon being told what it took to have eternal life, he would pull it out of his bag of good things and present it to the Master. Vs. 21 “Jesus said to him, “If you want to be PERFECT, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” He admitted to have kept some of the commandments and Jesus perceiving that he was determined to have all these in his assets column told him that if he wanted his asset column to be PERFECT, he had to get rid of all that he had (wealth). In actuality, Jesus was showing him where his heart was, it was in his money and you cannot serve God and money.
Then Jesus said how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Of course, we know of rich men who are saved and are being saved because He does it with Zacchaeus in Luke 19 right after the same story of the rich young ruler in Luke 18. I believe the deeper understanding of this would be someone having what he calls good (declaring himself rich with good works) because he believes he has what it takes to gain eternal life. This is someone who has taken his attempts to be good enough before God and placed it in his asset column. Such would be hard to save; they are trusting in their own merit to gain eternal life. Paul tells us in Romans 7:9-13, “9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. … 13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, …” Everything that Paul once considered an asset, something to save him he found that it brought him death, in other words they became a liability to him. What was to give him value (trying to keep the law), made it more impossible to gain eternal life. When he thought he was rich with good works it only turned to condemn him. That’s what condemns people today who consider themselves rich in good works and would not declare themselves bankrupt and trust in Christ riches of righteousness to save them.
Proverbs 11:4, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death”. Men’s assets won’t save them in that day, only Christ who is rich in mercy provides the righteousness he desperately needs to stand before God. Under conviction, Paul filed chapter 11, Philippians 3:7-9, “7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith“
Are you trusting in your riches (good works) to have eternal life? If you are, Jesus has a message for you, Matthew 19:24, “And again I say to you, 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.” When you realize that everything you counted on to save you is a liability, tainted with sin, be done with yourself, file chapter 11, declare bankrupt, put all your today’s assets (good works) in the liability column, repent of them and receive Christ who is rich in mercy to grant you the righteousness you desperately need. His righteousness is the asset you need in your column. When the disciples wondered who could be saved then, Jesus said “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”. Your salvation and mine is impossible without Him. Repent of your sins today, and trust and embrace Christ who died on the cross and rose again to save you and He will. Read the word and obey what it says and God will never fail you. Blessings Ev