Title: Not Good
Date: August 02, 2014
Hoping to flatter the visiting teacher, the rich politician said smoothly, “Good teacher, how do I get into heaven.” “You call me good?” asked the teacher. “Only God is good. You know the rules: Don’t do this, don’t do that, follow the big commandments.” “I’ve done all that,” said the politician. “I’ve been good my whole life.” “Oh,” said the teacher, “then you lack one thing.” “What’s that?” asked the politician. “Sell everything you own: your house, your stocks, your cars, your boat, your land, your TV, your tools, your clothes, your business, your everything. Give the money to the poor and you’ll have treasure in heaven, because up to now, maybe you don’t have treasure in heaven. One more thing, follow me.” The politician was totally bummed. The teacher looked him up and down and said, “It’s hard for the rich to get into heaven. It’s easier to get a camel to kneel in the sand and crawl under a gate into a walled city,” which as it turns out isn’t all that hard. More people gathered, and not knowing much about kneeling camels, asked in a panic, “Who can get into heaven? It sounds impossible!” “Ah, don’t worry so much about it,” said the teacher, “what’s impossible for people is totally possible for God.”
Bottom lines: nobody is good enough; only God is good; and God is good enough to see we aren’t good enough no matter how hard we try. God is willing to make the impossible possible for those who Love the Light.
Let’s Pray: Good God! Let us in! Amen.
Today’s Thought Is: Surprisingly, even the teacher isn’t good.
Source: Luke 18:18-27
18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 20 You know the commandments: "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.' " 21 He replied, "I have kept all these since my youth." 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." 23 But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, 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." 26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 27 He replied, "What is impossible for mortals is possible for God." RSV