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Great reward for following Jesus!

Scripture reading for January 27th:  Matthew 19

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 19:27-29   “Peter answered Him, “We have left everything to follow you!  What then will there be for us?”  Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children of fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.””

Jesus had just asked a rich young ruler to give away his wealth to the poor and follow Him.  The young man felt that the cost was too high and sadly went away from Jesus.  This caused the disciples to question Jesus about their own salvation and the reward that they might get from following Him.  Jesus gave them a powerful promise that staggered their minds and stretches our imagination about our own reward!  Jesus told them that they would be judges on thrones in the time of renewal when He returned to rule on His Father’s throne.  They would also receive back a hundred times more than they left to follow Him plus get “eternal life”!   If you left a farm of 100 acres, then you would get back another of ten thousand acres!  If you gave up one home, you would have a hundred houses!

Observation for over-comers:  As over-comers, we will be staggered by the extent of reward involved in the simple act of following Jesus!  Whatever you have to give up, it will be worth it!  You can’t out-give God!  “One man gives freely, yet gains even more;  another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  (Proverbs 11:24-25)

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