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More Than Worth It

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Introduction

The future is as bright as the promises of God. —Adoniram Judson, (1788-1850)
Luke 18:18–30 ESV
And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For 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.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers 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.”

We Have Given Up Everything

And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” - Peter is speaking on behalf of the other disciples. He states that they have left their lives, houses, families, etc… and have become your disciples.
Peter is speaking on behalf of the other disciples. He states that they have left their lives, houses, families, etc… and have become your disciples.
Luke 5:1–11 ESV
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Luke 5:1-11
The unspoken thought behind this statement is whether or not they qualify to enter into the kingdom. Peter is reminding Jesus that they have truly given up all to follow him and wants to know with certainty that they have eternal life.

What You Gain Will Be Worth It

And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is not one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children - The thought here is that there is a cost associated with following Jesus. Those who become disciples of Jesus will be called to give up everything to follow Jesus. Jesus mentions housing, spouses, siblings, fathers and mothers and sons or daughters.
The thought here is that there is a cost associated with following Jesus. Those who become disciples of Jesus will be called to give up everything to follow Jesus. Jesus mentions housing, spouses, siblings, fathers and mothers and sons or daughters.
How should we understand this leaving that Jesus mentions?
I believe the follow quotation from Darrell Bock is helpful:
Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Luke 9:51–24:53 v. Jesus Promises Rewards Now and in the Next Life (18:29–30)

The emphasis is on sacrificing a normal life of familial closeness and the absence of persecution to do God’s work and face persecution. The reference to leaving one’s wife (mentioned only by Luke) is not a text advocating abandonment, since the right to take a wife and be supported in ministry is stated in 1 Cor. 9:4–6. Rather, the focus is on choosing to remain single or to travel without her. To abandon one’s house is to leave the security of a vocation, as Peter the fisherman did. One abandons the pursuit of a secure financial position as a result of that departure. To leave parents and brothers is to leave one’s home to engage in ministry elsewhere, as the disciples who stayed with Jesus did and as Jesus himself did (Luke 8:19–21). It may also describe being excluded from one’s family because of one’s decision to follow Jesus. To leave children is probably the consequence of the decision to leave a wife. All of these reflect one who is pursuing God’s kingdom first.

For the sake of the kingdom of God - On behalf of the kingdom. Jesus is saying that one must leave all to serve the advancement of his kingdom.

This leaving may include the outward act of giving up and separating from the persons and the property involved, but the inward separation is often enough.

For the sake of the kingdom of God -
For the sake of the kingdom of God -
Matthew 19:29 ESV
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
Mark 8:35 ESV
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Mark 10:9 ESV
What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Who will not receive many times more - Jesus tells his disciples, who have left everything to follow that there sacrifice will not be for nothing. He tells them they will be granted many times as many of what they gave up. What they will gain will be exponentially large compared to that which they gave up. What he would give to them would be incalculable and beyond computation. When will the disciples receive this large reward?
in this time,
In this time - The followers of Jesus do not have to wait to gain the blessing in return for their sacrifice. It comes to them in the present age.
Who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.
How does this come true in this life?
Matthew 7:7 ESV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
John 17:3 ESV
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Matthew
Romans 8:26–39 ESV
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Philippians 4:7 ESV
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:6 ESV
But godliness with contentment is great gain,
Hebrews 6:19–20 ESV
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
1 Peter 1:8–9 ESV
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
And in the age to come eternal life - The age to come refers to the consummation of all things when God concludes the world in his own way and his own time. The reference to eternal life is not to the beginning of salvation as Jesus discusses in , but the fullness of eternal life in the heavenly kingdom.
Revelation 21:1–4 ESV
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Practical Application

1. All disciples must surrender everything into the hands of Christ. We must leave it all.

This leaving may include the outward act of giving up and separating from the persons and the property involved, but the inward separation is often enough.

2. We should revel in the goodness and grace of God. He rewards us for giving up what we cannot keep with what we cannot lose.

This leaving may include the outward act of giving up and separating from the persons and the property involved, but the inward separation is often enough.

3. We should be encouraged in our pursuit of God and Christ. Our pursuit is more than worth it. Let’s keep going.
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