In the Ultimate Gift, Drew Fuller plays Jason Stevens, a spoiled brat who has lived a life of luxury. Despite his grandfather’s efforts to curtail this behavior, Red Stevens leaves his grandson an unusual inheritance, a series of tests. Following the completion of each task, Jason receives the next challenge. A different kind of gift, the goal of this exercise is to wean Jason off of his love of money.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God,” Matthew 19:24.
This passage of the Bible suggests its harder for the wealthy to enter heaven than the poor. Speaking in hyperbole, Jesus references the area outside of city gates where camels would be tied up. Based upon the context, an encounter with a rich young ruler, the rich tend to find assurance in their accumulated finances. Thus, trusting in the Lord for salvation becomes more complicated as one amasses great wealth.
“They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on,” Mark 12:44.
During past experiences on mission trips in college, I was always amazed at the peace dirt poor individuals possess. Shacks are appreciated like a mansion, thankful for every little possession. Thus, when a person stricken by poverty offers up a gift, its usually out of the goodness in their hearts. This offering probably won’t be gold or silver. Yet, when moved by the Holy Spirit, the poor give, trusting that the Lord will provide their daily bread.
by Jay Mankus