“And he said to them,‘Truly, I say to you,there is no one who has left house or wife or brother or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life’ ” (Luke 18:29-30).
Sometimes we can grow weary of the daily grind of serving God. Our hearts say, “Yes, I want to love and serve God,” but we become discouraged with all that it involves. In the verses above, Jesus stresses the wisdom of serving God, and points out two key benefits of living for Him.
Blessings in this life. When we grow dispirited about things, and life seems to weigh us down, take a step back and consider what God has done for you. He has “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13). No longer do we need to worry about facing God in the afterlife; we have been eternally forgiven in Christ and can walk in joy and confidence all the days of our present life. God will never condemn us (Romans 8:1), nor leave us (Hebrews 13:5). Consider other blessings God gives us in this life:
We no longer go it alone, but God blesses us with the fellowship of His people who walk with God and help share the burden.
Before we trusted in Christ, we followed our own path, which usually meant following the spirit of this world (Ephesians 2:1-2). But now God provided a life’s purpose: love God and serve Him all of our days.
Deliverance from sinful entrapments
So many people become enslaved to the snares and addictions of this life. But in Christ, “sin will not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14). As a life principle, we are not enslaved to sin as we once were. In Christ, God has made us new with a new life principle that aims to please Him.
Eternal life in the age to come. If all these blessings were not enough, Jesus promises us life everlasting in His heavenly kingdom. Paul reminds us that the God who promised this, cannot lie (Titus 1:2). He will not take back His words and has the power to confer eternal life on those who believe. What a rich blessing in itself, one that lifts up sagging spirits and inspires us with new energy to live for Him.
When the daily grind gets you down, take a step back and recognize where you are. What is the true picture? It’s all a matter of perspective. God adopted us into His family and will not fail to take care of us in this life. He has created a masterpiece: your life. Yes that’s right! He has provided all things for this life (2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 6:33) along with eternal life in the next age. The world wanders aimlessly while you march to the sound of the King.
If we really understood this, we would not grow discouraged. We would take heart, meditate on the promises, and sprint to the finish line. The Apostle Paul may have wobbled physically at the end of his life, due to all the physical hardships he faced. But he went out in triumph, as a true victor (2 Timothy 4:7-8; 18). We, too, need to thank God for the wonderful blessings of this life, and look forward to eternal blessings with Christ in the next age.
Posted on Wed, December 23, 2015
by Sam Petitfils