Children of the Kingdom;
May the Grace of God our Father and of Jesus our Lord be with you all. Have you ever wondered what was the greatest promise given to us on this side of heaven? Is it perfect health, wealth, peace? What is it? I would like to submit to you that the greatest promise given to us are “relationships”. Consider what our Lord Jesus said here
Mark 10: 29,30 – Jesus said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there is no one who has given up a house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 who will not receive a hundred times as much now in the present age —houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms—along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.
Not only is this promise of unprecedented magnitude (brothers, sisters and houses in the hundredths!), but Jesus also promised that this would happen in our lifetime! Is this promise literal? And how is this possible?
I believe this promise to be literal! However, allow me to suggest that Jesus was not promising 10 houses on the beach or 250 acres of farm lands. Instead, what He said is that when you give up what is truly precious to you to follow Him wherever He goes, you will develop relationships that are so profoundly grounded in love that you will have many fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, wherever you will go.
Children by the hundredths will look at you, respect you and love you as their own father (or mother). Scores of people will see you and effectively treat you as their own blood, their own sister. Women will treat you as their our child. Love in action!
You will also have many houses for those people will gladly open their doors and offer you their own beds for you to sleep in.
Isn’t that the end goal of the body of Christ? That we love each other fervently? Look at what the Apostle Paul had to say concerning the love of the Galatians, before they were led into false doctrines
Galatians 4:15 – I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
Paul might have been referring to tens or perhaps hundreds of people who would have torn their own eyes for him! What kind of impact must one have to generate in others such kind of love for him?
Perhaps we can have a clue with the Macedonians, who were extremely poor. Look at what was said of them, regarding their desire to help their fellow Christians who were suffering too!
2 Corinthians 8:1-4 – And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.
How is this not brotherhood, fatherhood or motherhood in its most beautiful expression here on Earth my people? In their extreme poverty, the Macedonians begged to help their brethren in the faith! But even more importantly we see that they were able to have that kind of heart because of a grace that God had given them!
Oh that our Lord Jesus could not lie when he made that promise, for He knew that He Himself would make it happen, by supplying us with the grace of His Father!
Oh dear Lord, this IS grace! Grace, your grace Father…it is our power to love our brethren as our own flesh, the power to love as Christ loved…giving ourselves even when we do not have anything! Of may our Father shower us with such grace my people, may He shower us with such grace!
The greatest promise on this side of heaven is for you and me my people! A family! A large family! A loving family! It does not matter if you are childless, motherless, fatherless, without spouse or without land! Your Lord, Jesus, Your Lord says that if you follow Him, those things that you left behind for His sake, He will give you a hundredfold!
He will give you that which your heart desires beyond everything else…meaningful, loving and lasting relationships! No one can make, let alone deliver on such a promise…but our Lord!
He loves you! His Father, our God, loves you! Take heart, and know that this promise is not for some eternal future…it is for TODAY!
Thank you Father in Heaven, and may your name be exalted in the hearts of the readers! In Jesus’ name.