And it is nothing compared to the cost of following Jesus. Furthermore, it is nothing compared to what you receive: ‘And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a Lord, help me to be willing to give everything I have for the sake of the kingdom of God.
Thank you that the greatest and most enduring riches come from following Jesus.
But in the kingdom of heaven the reverse is the case.
Jesus says, ‘But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first’ (v.30). Jesus asks the rich young man to give to the poor because he wants the man to place his trust in him because the poor are such a high priority in the kingdom.
The writer of Proverbs sees wisdom as a Person (vv.13–18).
As we read this through the lens of the New Testament, we see that that Person is Jesus. It is far more profitable than all the material blessings (vv.14–15a).
A camel would need to unload all it was carrying on its back to go through it.
Other people have pointed out that a word very similar to ‘camel’ means a sort of rope.
They should be for us too: the 30,000 children dying each day through desperate poverty and starvation, the oppressed people of so many countries, the homeless on our streets, the voiceless and the vulnerable.
Jesus rarely told people to give away everything, but in this case he did. There is the to be willing to fly his flag in a hostile world.