Up's and down's

Just a picture of a hand, but take a closer look at the palm!  It reminds me of the antics of the stock market.  Money is such a fleeting thing; one day you are fine and the next...broke!  Below is one of my favorite passages about money, but not just money...something else.

Mark 10:17-27 (WEB)

17) As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18) Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God.
19) You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not give false testimony,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and mother.’”
20) He said to him, “Teacher, I have observed all these things from my youth.”
21) Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross.”
22) But his face fell at that saying, and he went away sorrowful, for he was one who had great possessions.
23) Jesus looked around, and said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!”
24) The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, “Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
25) It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”
26) They were exceedingly astonished, saying to him, “Then who can be saved?”
27) Jesus, looking at them, said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God.”

You may have the world by the tale... you know... young, healthy, good looking and rich, but those things are fleeting.  The young man who came to Jesus must have been somebody very special because it says that Jesus loved him.  Quite a statement and not often found in the Scriptures.  Yet, this man did not really trust God, but rather his wealth.  Jesus says something very difficult in verse 25 and the disciples are taken aback!  Fortunately, Jesus, gives us all hope in that "all things are possible with God".  Even with this encouragement, it still makes me wonder about the relationship of money and heaven.  This much I know, God will be fair and my part is to try to be more spiritual and less worldly.