Weekend, October 22, 2022
His Very Best
‘Yes,’ Jesus replied, ‘and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.’ (Mark 10:29-30 NLT)
After Abram, or Abraham, separated from Lot, God said, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession” (Genesis 13:14-15 NLT).
Then we read that in response to this wonderful promise, Abraham built an altar to the Lord.
This reminds me of the story about the rich young ruler who came to Jesus and said, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17 NLT).
Jesus listed the commandments that he ought to keep, and he replied that he had kept all of them from his youth.
So, Jesus told him, “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (verse 21 NLT). The Bible says that when he heard this, he went away sorrowful, because he was very rich.
A discussion between Jesus and the disciples then followed. And Peter, not known for being timid, blurted out, “We’ve given up everything to follow you” (verse 28 NLT).
Jesus answered, “And I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life” (verses 29–30 NLT).
We see this promise vividly illustrated in Abraham’s life. Abraham had given up everything to follow God.
Have you given up something or someone to follow Jesus? God will more than make it up to you. God always gives His very best to those who leave the choice with Him.
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