Paradoxical Provision

To many people, money and possessions equal power. You need no elaboration to know that people have lost their lives and their souls when wealth has become their God. What we own can quickly own us! In the wake of the wealthy, moral, seeking young man choosing wealth over Jesus and leaving His Presence eternally lost, Jesus, in Mark 10:28-31, responds to a question posed by Peter: “Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.” Peter, likely thinking about his and the others leaving their occupations, wondered what they, who hadn’t turned away, could expect to receive. However, what we might earn by following Jesus is not to be our motive. We leave “all” out of love and gratitude. We leave “all” to identify with Him. Period! The remainder of Jesus’ teaching reminds us that our labor of love will be rewarded in this life and in the one to come. Following Jesus from the heart yields joy, peace and purpose, forever! These are blessings that wealth could never give us. Incidentally, in case we might think too much about position, “many that are first shall be last; and the last first.” Oswald J. Smith’s hymn, “Joy in Serving Jesus,” speaks to this: “There is joy in serving Jesus, as I journey on my way, joy that fills the heart with praises, every hour and every day. There is joy, joy, joy in serving Jesus, joy that throbs within my heart; every moment, every hour, as I draw upon His power, there is joy, joy, joy that never shall depart.” Selah! Wealth is temporary; giving “all” to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord imparts blessings, now and evermore!   Ron

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