“It is by grace we are saved…not of works lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2: 8-9
Camels may be smelly, stubborn and, boisterous but they are dependable. If you need an animal that will get you across some arid places, the camel is your friend, just watch out they spit.
These odd-looking creatures are usually loaded with cargo when traveling. There are places that only a camel can go when he humbles that long stately form on his. A horse couldn’t do that, a donkey won’t budge, I can’t vouch for a lama, but I’m thinking that’s another, ah…no.
There was a gate in the city of Jerusalem called the Eye of the Needle. It was so tight that whatever burdens a camel had, they needed to be removed first. I picture the animal kneeling and bending to get inside. He had to get his knees dirty to enter through that narrow gate.
Jesus did say that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter Heaven. He was on the ball with giving the people things they could see every day as object lessons. So, we have this picture of humility. To enter that relationship with the Lord, we too need to let go of what we have. I think of having dirty camel knees as we come to Him in prayer. It’s also a life that we have to submit to in order to understand it. We can’t call all the shots. There may be things we have to give up in this life to be in the right position of the heart to approach the Lord.
What am I saying? It’s a surrendering of all we have, chiefly our life that the Lord wants. Our burdens are no longer ours. Our heart needs to not be controlled by what we have in this world. It’s a whole new animal.
We can’t earn our way into Heaven. However, we do choose to give our life or hang on to what we have. Is it worth getting our hands and knees dirty? Can we be simple enough to obey and submit to the Master?
I can fight Him and be left outside of that gate or…let Him have control and see what lies beyond this dusty old world.