by Troy Roberts
“We are filthy rich, but that might be ok; or it might not.
Wealth is a primary reason that we ignore, avoid, and never notice God. Jesus said it hard for a wealthy person to enter the kingdom of God, which scares me because as I think about children dying of malaria, women sold as slaves, malnutrition, violence, persecution and the like, I glance at my own life and I discover that I am filthy rich when weighed on a global scale.
It is hard for me to enter the Kingdom of God, yet I believe by the mercy of Jesus in His death and resurrection (coming soon in Matthew), that I am saved from death into His life and kingdom. God has done the impossible in me.
But this isn’t an original move. God has been saving rich people forever. Joseph of Arimathea is one of them, but I want to learn from Joseph that wealth is held with open hands, always an offering for the Lord’s use. Despite the death and seeming failure of Jesus, Joseph gives his own rock tomb (very expensive) for the burial of Jesus. Now I look at my own life and spending, and I give a wallet busting 10%…
If Joseph sees a dead Jesus and says, “He’s worth all of the risk of burying Him and the wealth of a hand carved tomb”, Then what should I say about a living, risen, and glorified Jesus. What risk or what expense is He worthy of.
Yes, I am “rich”, and yes, praise God, I am saved because I trust my life to Jesus. The kingdom of God is mine! God has done the impossible in and for me.
I belong to Him; now, God’s next impossible task will be to ensure that what I call “my kingdom” is His as well.”
 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”  And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”  Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”  Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,  who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.
(Mark 10:23-30 ESV)
 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.  He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.  And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud  and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
(Matthew 27:57-60 ESV)