MUSINGS – November 08, 2018
FOLLOW ME – PART THREE
Then Peter spoke up, “We’ve given up everything to follow you.” Jesus said, “I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields because of me and the Good News will certainly receive a hundred times as much here in this life. They will certainly receive homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields, along with persecutions. But in the world to come they will receive eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
Jesus promised that his followers will rewarded with eternal life and in this life homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, … and … persecutions. His promise made me think of the song Rose Garden by Martha McBride. I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime.
As we strive toward perfection there will be obstacles to overcome. Indeed I believe that the struggle in overcoming is what helps to shape us more and more in his image. I think that this is what the apostle Paul meant when he said in 1 Corinthians 15:31b “I die daily.” Our self will must die that God’s will may be manifested in us.
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