“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Shania Twain was one of my favorite artists in the 90’s and early 2000’s. She was the full package-she could write, play, and sing and had songs that resonated with her listeners.
One of my favorite songs was her 1997 song “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Shania, a beautiful and successful recording artist, who came from poverty, sings that wealth, beauty, and other normally culturally desirable attributes don’t impress her. She says that being Brad Pitt won’t keep her warm at night but loving someone for who they truly are-will.
While life is full of blessings; life is also full of challenges, obstacles to grace, and painful moments. In many cases, it is in those challenges that we can find ourselves closest to God.
Jesus continually tried to help the early disciples understand how important it was to love God and their neighbors and used many parables to help them peel back the layers of their own insecurities, hopes, and desires in order to understand who God is calling us to be.
In our scripture verse Jesus tells us that it is easier for a came to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God!
The disciples were aghast. Who then can be saved, they all asked.
Anyone is capable of being saved but it won’t be accomplished through trying to impress God.
We can’t do anything to make God love us anymore than God already does. There’s not enough promotions, not enough zeros ending on our banking accounts, not enough charm and good looks that will make God love us anymore than god already does. Doing good to others pleases God and pleasing God should always be our goal. It’s as though God is singing “That Don’t Impress Me Much!”
We please God is when we live fully into who God made us to be. God doesn’t condemn success or even people who accumulate wealth. God’s judgment rather is a result of how we use that success and that wealth to either glorify God and help draw people into relationship with God or use it for our own purposes and glorification.
Like us, the early disciples were products of their environments, their culture, and the social norms of their day. Jesus wanted them to understand that it isn’t possible to worship success and money AND worship God. There’s a commandment about that somewhere…
May we always remember we are “good enough” and don’t have to be someone else in order for God to “finally” love us. We only need love God and each other and remember that all things are possible with God.
May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward
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