When Pigs Fly

From “A Wealth of Pigeons,” a cartoon collection by Harry Bliss and Steve Martin

“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:20–26, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – The picture might not be all that “kosher,” but what is impossible for man, God is pleased to provide.  At least when it comes to salvation. The young man had led an exemplary life, by human standards, but there was at least one thing he wanted to hang onto.  It might not be wealth to us, but there is always at least something that we can not quite let go.  Salvation by our own “desire and efforts?”  When pigs fly.  But what is impossible for us, God made possible through the sacrifice of His Son.

My Advice – Let it go.  Give it to God.  You cannot take hold of the gift of life when your hands are already full.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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