October 14

Mark 10:28-31

“Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’” vs. 28

It seems that sometimes the disciples were confused by Jesus’ words and wondered if they’d made the right decision to follow him. In this instance his comments about the impossibility of salvation had made Peter think that their commitments and sacrifices had been pointless. That’s a common reaction to the gospel of grace. If it’s all God, then what’s left for us to do? Are there any benefits at all for being a follower of Jesus if ultimately all are saved by grace? Jesus is unequivocal in his answer. He tells the disciples, “Absolutely…there are blessings beyond measure in this world and in the life to come for those who choose to follow me.” Experience and observation verify his promise. When we are moved to make sacrifices as a result of our faith…even if we give away all we have…there will be over-the-top compensation. We’ll never be disappointed. And it’s not a matter of having to wait until we die to cash in on the benefits. Goodness will flow our way in this life as well. And the blessings won’t all be spiritual in nature! There’ll be material surprises  along the way…that which we did not seek will become ours…maybe more than we deserve. Life in Christ is not necessarily one of privation…but all that we receive will be a gift…that’s what life under grace is all about.

Thought for the Day: Things that I have which I did not seek!

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