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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hard and Soft (04/23/09)

TITLE: Life is Hard
By Kathy Davidson


Life is hard, life without Jesus harder. Today’s world, what can I say? Hard choices, hard people with hard hearts surround us in the news, in the papers, in the pews. We in the United States are the richest, wealthiest people on the planet, despite the nay sayers, for even the poorest of Americans are wealthy by third world standards.

So why is life in the United States so hard? Hearts hardened due to a lack of knowledge makes perfect sense to me. The new religion is to worship at the altar of prosperity. Romans Chapter 1 is our nation, the hard truth, revelation knowledge, here is where we are, just read Romans Chapter 1 and you will find it reads like the New York Times, Washington Post, or my hometown paper, The Birmingham News.

Jesus told his disciples in Mark 10:24, “How hard it is for those who have wealth 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.” In my experience in going from a poor rural public school to teach in a private Christian school illustrated this Word. Those that are well off struggle with acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, just as much as any poor person struggles with the acceptance of Jesus. The poor blame God for their circumstances and choose to wallow in self pity. The wealthy accept God’s blessings as blessings they produced through self sufficiency and revel in their ability to create wealth, when the Scriptures remind us that He gives us the power to have wealth. The poor wear the badge of bitterness and hopelessness. The wealthy a pocketful of “green answers as the cabaret owner sang, “Money makes the world go around.”

Consider the camel a bulky, brutish animal, who when aggravated spits a file cud, and takes effort to get his body on its knees. Then with painful effort crawls on his fours through the eye of a needle, an entrance to the city called the Needles Eye. See him slowly get down, a vulnerable position and painfully crawl with tender knees through the dirt and subject his soft knees to the cruel rocks of the Needle’s Eye.

What a picture of the true worshipper, the true follower of Christ. Ezekiel said that when Christ came He would take our hearts of stone and turn them into a heart of flesh. Hardening of the heart muscle, arteriosclerosis, angina, medical signs of a hard heart. A heart hard toward the things of God, a person who makes himself an idol of worship.

So what is the treatment for us? How do we soften hearts? We act like a camel going through the eye of a needle and we bend ours in worship, in reverence, in acceptance. Remember the Midas Muffler commercial you can pay me now or pay me later. We can bend them now and inherit the soft heart Christ gives to those who repent and make Him Savior and Lord. If we choose to keep our hearts hard toward Him, then we will still bend our knees, but to a conquering Christ, “so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

Life is hard, life with Jesus, is still hard, but with Him there is wealth, health, and prosperity even as our soul prospers. And it is a wealth, health, and prosperity that bring true joy. So worshipper get down on your knees, the floor may be hard, but the reward of a heart of flesh filled with all the abundance that Christ offers is worth it!

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Jan Ackerson 05/04/09
Your description of the camel really brought this essay to life.
Sunny Loomis 05/05/09
Well done descriptions. Thanks.
Glenda Lagerstedt05/06/09
Deep insights. Thanks for unearthing them for the rest of us.