Mark 10:28-30 (NIV) – Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receivea hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
“But the same Mediator who makes us individuals is also the founder of a new fellowship. He stands in the centre between my neighbour and myself. He divides, but he also unites. Thus although the direct way to our neighbour is barred, we now find the new and only real way to him – the way which passes through the Mediator.” – [Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, p.100]
As we leave everyone and everything to follow Christ, his promise is that we will receive far more than we left behind, including a new home, new family and new suffering, along with eternal life. The individual call leads to the true community of God, following Him!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for joining us alongside others who have also left everything to follow you! We ask that you would deepen our relationships with one another light of the following of Christ and for a new generation of disciples to come!
Join in God’s heart for more to come through this song “The Glory of Our King” (click here) by Matt Redman.