Day 227 – Great Gain
On: June 15, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” Luke 18:28-30
Can I envisage how life might look if I take the plunge and unload the baggage of 21st century life? Do I believe that I will actually be gaining, many times over? Not pie in the sky when I die; but starting here and now on this Earth. How can this be so?
Peter and the other disciples had all left the security of their everyday lives. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit, within a few years they were changing the world. They stepped out into the unknown in the hope that their lives could serve a better purpose.
If Peter had played safe and stayed put at that lakeside, he would have carried on catching fish for the rest of his days. Worthwhile? Of course. Fulfilling? To an extent. But I wouldn’t be sitting here today, writing this, and you wouldn’t be reading it, without his decision to up sticks and follow Jesus. His gain was not a bigger box of toys, as the ridiculous idea of a “prosperity gospel” would suggest. His gain was our gain; a life sacrificed to the benefit of others. Like his Master.
That, for me, is how we “receive many times as much” when we follow Jesus. The quality of our life is transformed, not the quantity of our possessions increased. Our joy is derived from the blessing we are able to bring to others. And, whilst those around us may not understand our new found motivation in Jesus (and, in that sense, we leave them), we become part of a global, historic family that will be with us for eternity. With our Master. Great gain, indeed.
Father God, transform my perspective on life, that I might see Your priorities and rejoice at the blessing You are pouring put on me. Amen.