As Jesus was preparing to leave on a mission trip, a businessman, who was a deacon in the local church, came to see him. The businessman asked Jesus, “Pastor, what do I need to do to go to heaven?”
Jesus said to him, “You’ve read your Bible—you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder; you must not commit adultery; you must not steal; you must not lie; and respect your mother and father.’”
The businessman responded, “Pastor, I have always followed them, and I am an active member of my church.”
“You are forgetting something,” Jesus said, “Go and give all your wealth to the poor. Only then will you have wealth in heaven. Come and follow me.”
The businessman, having heard this, became very upset, because he had a large house, a successful business, and multiple bank accounts.
Then, Jesus turned and told his followers, “Look at how hard it is for the rich to enter God’s Kingdom! It’s easier for a car to go through a keyhole than it is for a rich person to enter the Kingdom.” His followers were confused because of what he said.
“Then who can be saved?” said Peter.
“It’s impossible for regular people, but for those with faith in God, anything can happen,” Jesus responded.
“We’ve already left everything to follow you.”
“Those who leave their family and wealth behind for my gospel will find a much larger heavenly family and wealth (with persecution). Those who are first will be made last, and those who are last will be made first.”
A paraphrase of Jesus and the rich man.