Friday, January 27, 2012

Many Who are First Will be Last

Mark 10:23-31 (ESV)
And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" [24] And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! [25] It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." [26] And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" [27] Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." [28] Peter began to say to him, "See, we have left everything and followed you." [29] Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, [30] who will 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. [31] But many who are first will be last, and the last first."

“Save your life you lose it, lose your life you save it.” This is one instance where a bird in hand is not worth two in the bush. This life, our house, our home, our families, they are lost already if we don’t have Christ. Gone. Oh we will live this life, perhaps even in the lap of luxury. It won’t last. We forget there is an eternity waiting for us. There is. As they say, the only question is “Smoking or Non?” That makes light of the reality. But there is reality to it. What we have here, we only have as long as we are here. We don’t take it with. Those things we are buried with, they just stay buried. But there is eternity. And there God will give us a hundredfold those things we have lost on account of the gospel here.

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