On Day 22 I listed some verses about taking care of your family and said that I didn’t think Luke 9:59-62 meant that it was okay to ditch your family responsibilities. So what does THIS mean?!
And Peter said, “Behold, we have left our own 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 shall not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.”
Does this, keeping in mind the verses from Day 22, mean that you can leave your family as long as you still provide for them? As a parent, even this is hard for me to accept. But that may only mean that God has not called me to leave my family, at least so far. Even when I’ve kind of wanted to run away and never come back. (Kidding, sort of.)
What do you think about leaving a spouse or children? Do you think this only applied when Jesus was walking around on Earth? Do you think God ever calls people to do that now? What other similar sacrifices might He ask of you? It’s a challenging question!
What I think is fun and easy to accept in this passage is that when we do make a sacrifice for the kingdom of God, we are guaranteed to receive many times as much as we have sacrificed, both here and in heaven.
Have you given up time with your loved ones for the sake of the kingdom? While I do recommend that you don’t give up that time without being sure that’s what God is asking of you, if you have, you can rejoice in this promise.
Look back to the verses and write your kingdom statement with which to replace your worries today.
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.