Sacrificing for God?

Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” Mark 10:28 (NKJV)

A bit of explanation is in order before we dive into this devotional. Jesus had just had an exchange with a young man who professed a desire to follow Him. But when Jesus challenged him to sell all of his possessions (which were an idol to him), he wasn’t willing to make the sacrifice.

It’s on the heels of all this that Peter mentions how he and the other disciples left everything for Jesus. He’s exalting what they’ve done over what the young man wouldn’t do. He’s basically saying, “Hey Jesus—don’t forget we took a hit for you that others wouldn’t.” In essence, he’s playing up their sacrifices, but Jesus bursts his bubble:So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. Mark 10:29-30 (NKJV)

Peter and the others were under the impression that they had done something extraordinarily commendable. Jesus basically tells them that they really hadn’t sacrificed anything! Whether in this life or the next, they were going to receive much more from Him for His sake than they ever gave up.

Sometimes we can slip into the martyr’s mindset where we view Christianity as saying goodbye to all that’s good in life, which can lead to a strong sense of pride and false humility. That’s not how it is! Surrendering ourselves to the Lord is its own reward. The life He brings to us is filled with joy, hope, assurance, and purpose. He surrounds us with true friends we can rely on in ways this world can’t comprehend. And that’s not even mentioning heaven!

Don’t bemoan being a believer, because you’ve come out on top of the greatest exchange the universe has ever seen!

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)

Think About It…What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today? 


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