The North American culture promotes consumerism like crazy – especially at Christmas. When you compare statistics, we are among the wealthiest people in the world, yet we never seem to have enough. Imagine if we thought more about our needs then our wants. What would it look like if we took time to make sure everyone had all that they needed before we pursued our wants? The distribution of poverty and richness would be a lot better balanced. This Christmas consider buying gifts that are beneficial to other’s needs, through Compassion, local shelters or food drives. Its a great gift to help the world at large while still giving something to the ones you love. Jesus encouraged a rich man to sell his possessions in Mark 10:17-31, and he went away sad because he wanted his wants more than he wanted to help others with their needs. Hear these paraphrased words from Mark 10:27-31 to encourage you to take steps to share your abundance.
My Son delivered the message that with humans, things are impossible, but with Me, everything is possible, including the promise of eternity.
Peter and the disciples Jesus taught, gave up everything that they had to follow My Son. They walked away from their homes, families and lives to pursue a relationship with Jesus.
Jesus assures them that he knows the sacrifice that they have made. When he says, “I assure you,” he was making a solemn oath. His oath was that these things would be remembered. The promise of that is eternally bound. First and foremost: you have an eternity. A promise of Heaven – in My presence – a forever full of glory. But I am so grateful that I promise a hundredfold over to anyone who gives up family, accommodations and land, friends, needs, wants, or anything, to advance My Kingdom on earth. Not only that, I promise the same for those who persevere through persecution. My rewards are limitless. So, give! Give from the bounty of which you have received, bless the needy, share with the lonely, take care of the world and its people and rest assure that I will take care of you. Don’t chase the wealth of the world, because that status does not remain in My world. Instead, freely give and you will become known as wonderful in Heaven.
God the Father
Mark 10:27-31 paraphrased.
- What area do you need to give more freely in – time, finances, love? What will the first step be?
- What can you sacrifice in terms of a want to instead offer someone else their need?
- How can you persevere through persecution?
Alternate verses for your reflection:
- Proverbs 3:9-10
- Luke 6:38
- Matthew 13:12
- Psalm 65:9-13
- John 10:10