Ever been in a rush to an outing, just to find out a small torn part of your cloth? Get it to a tailor down the street or engage your mind in mini-tailoring with needle and thread? The latter is usually preferred.
Off to the rack of colourful threads, after selecting the match of your fabric, you are faced with another small challenge: though the needle’s eye never closes, yet the thread would not just pass through. If you’ve ever experienced this, a little rage against a non-living thing might start building up down your bowels.
What if I decided to ease you of the struggle and advised you to drop the thread, then gave you a camel instead? I am certain that you will make me share the larger part of your anger via punches of words or words with punches.
“The disciples couldn’t believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: You can’t imagine how difficult. I’d say it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for the rich man to get into God’s Kindgom… then who has any chance at all? they asked. Jesus was blunt: No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it.” John 10:24-27
Let me quickly hint you about the characteristics of the eye of a needle: It is usually fixed, rigid, unchanging, tapered and constricted.
At this juncture, my spirit is calling forth Matt 7:14 (Amp); But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened & compressed that leads to life and FEW are those who find it.
What about a camel? Really, its not just big or large, it also has humped backs, broad cushioned feet and long slender legs.
If it takes caution and fervent determination to get the thread through the needle’s eye, how then will a massive camel easily ply through?
Let the Word find that insight for us while we simmer in the romance of the Holy Spirit.
1. Death. Rom 6:11
Physically, every birthday gets us closer to the grave. Spiritually, we live eternally. But beloved, for your camel to pass through, you must look death in the face practically everyday you live. You struggle with God’s will & dance to the world because being alive, you disturb the moulding process of your saviour. Brother, to die is not equal to suicide for terrorist & the depressed know well about that. You know better, simply let go of yourself and let God do in you what he has finished.
2. Dissection. Rom 6:13
You know why surgeons use anasthesia? It is to induce insensitivity to pain. At this stage, it is easiest to see through your inward parts, cut through those proud eyes and self-righteous soul. See, God is interested in the minutest issues in our lives, He wants the scapel of His Word to pierce through the dividing asunder of our spirit, he loves to see us broken (Psalm 51:17). You have been too pompous to pass through the needle’s eyes, you need to be broken to sizes smaller than the thread. Oh God, no wonder all the stages of our lives were spread out before you, the days of our life all prepared before we even lived one day. So much Love!
3. The Journey. Rom 6:22
It is time for all the minute members to pass through the needle’s eye. Each broken pieces taking a leap to scale through to the other side. There is an opportunity to be broken more for easy passage. God intended that the dissection through your heart, mouth, reproductive organ, legs etc will make this journey smoother than your struggles. Let the Lord take the wheels.
4. Ressurection. Rom 6:11 & 13
Its time to put it all together, a whole new camel, a new YOU, no camel ever passed through a needle’s eye, but you just did! By Grace, you have just set a pace and now holding the ace, you have broken the jinx, the IMpossible has become I’M possible through Christ. The adversity, tribulation, the quarry experience, the rise & fall in your faith walk has now been met with triumph and license to recieve the crown, with angels’ standing ovation and a shout of victory. Gloire á Dieu! Il est Vivant et tu es vivant aussi.
The last time I saw a butcher cut through a cow, some parts where discarded, some crumbs scattered off and some part useful. But for the bishop of my soul, He takes you through the needle’s eye and brings you alive WHOLE!
What do you have to say to your Master?