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GAINING FROM LOSS

June 15, 2017

Thursday

 

Matthew 19:29

 

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.

 

 

LESSON

 

Not only the 12 Apostles, but every self-sacrificing disciple, will receive a reward for his or her sacrifice. Jesus meant here that “everyone” who makes a sacrifice to follow Him will receive much more than he or she sacrificed as a reward! He did not mean that if one sacrifices one house he or she will receive 100 houses, much less 100 mothers or 100 fathers, etc. If a disciple leaves a parent to follow Jesus, he or she will find many more people who will be as a parent to him or her in the kingdom. God is no man’s debtor.

 

The promise will be found to hold good with the regularity of a law, if we do not confine our view to the individual life, but include successive generations.” Additionally, that person “will inherit eternal life.” That is, he or she will enter into the enjoyment of his or her eternal life in the kingdom, as heirs for whom their heavenly Father has prepared many blessings.

 

For the disciples of Christ the truth of the Gospel must not be confused with notions of the world, the current ideas of wealth and prosperity. Wealth is not necessarily a sign of God’s blessing on a person; and poverty is not necessarily a sign of God’s judgment. Believers must not evaluate spirituality on the basis of worldly standards. In the age to come the righteous will be rewarded with a share in the reign of Christ. But those rewards will be given by God to people for faithful service, and not necessarily to people who had wealth and power here. To please God believers must follow Christ wholeheartedly, and make doing the will of God the top priority in their life.

 

Memory Verse: John 12:24

 

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

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