“Blessed a Hundredfold”Categories: Friday Firsts
SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READING: George Long
Sunday SONG LEADER: Dru McLaughlin
TEXT: Mark 10.17-31
The section we’re studying on this weekend focuses on the rich young ruler and Jesus’ response to how he rejected Jesus’ answer to his question. Jesus addressed his attitude toward himself: he didn’t see himself as a law breaker. Jesus also challenged him as to who and what god he served. When commanded to sell everything, give it to the poor, and come follow Jesus, the man went away sorrowful, 10.22. To this, Jesus turns and focuses on his audience and says that it will be difficult for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God. Then he repeats himself more generally and says it will be difficult for a person to get into the kingdom. To this Peter replies saying he had left everything to follow Jesus. Then Jesus says,
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, 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. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
What does Jesus mean when he says receiving a hundredfold now? What Jesus is saying is that when you receive Him in salvation, you get the church. You get to be a part of a glorious body of people who will love you, surround you with help and encouragement, and help you get up when you fall.
When we go through this passage on Sunday, I want you to see what a privilege and blessing it is to be a part of God’s family.
As you prepare for worship this weekend, please ask yourself these questions:
- How strong is my personal connection to the Kettering family?
- How much do you think about your fellow companions in the congregation throughout the week? How much are you with them?
- What type of people make up your closest associates and friends? People of the world or the church?
- Can you see just how richly God has blessed you?
- What are some ways you can focus on those blessings more regularly?