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Camels and Needles
April 14, 2016 @ 8:04 AM by: Richard Steinecke

“I’m just like Jesus”. This was not a grandiose claim of self-importance. Nor was a symptom of an acute mental illness. Our community member was simply identifying with the poverty of Jesus. His point was that Jesus could have chosen to be rich and comfortable. But then Jesus would not be in a position to challenge the elites of his day. Jesus’ status would have detracted from the simplicity of his message. This community member felt that if he was wealthy he would have been so worried about losing his prosperity that he would not be able to think of much else. By living in modest means he is able to appreciate life a lot more. I think Jesus said something like that too: “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God”.

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