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COMFORT AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD

“Jesus replied, ‘No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.’” ~ Mark 10:29-31

Jesus had just spoken with the rich man, telling him to sell all his possessions and give them to the poor. He had just said those difficult words about it being easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.

When Jesus talks about the rich, I don’t think he necessarily has a problem with people who have wealth. He is saying that it is very difficult to place your trust in God and rely on him to meet your spiritual needs when you already are seemingly able to meet your physical needs without him. When you are rich, you are comfortable. And God’s kingdom is not about comfort.

I have news for you. If you are reading this, you are probably rich. This devotion is posted online, so that means that you have access to a device with internet. Only a small percentage of the world’s population has that, which means you have a certain level of comfort.

I love Peter’s response in this passage. “But we have left everything to follow you!” That is the attitude of the heart that we should take when approaching God.

We may be literally called to leave our homes to follow Jesus. But it is more likely that this giving up of things is more of a spiritual event than a physical one. We let go of our attachment to things, whether they be possessions or talents or relationships, and give those over to God. We make the things of God the most important thing. And God gives us all of that back a hundred times over. Not in a literal sense, but in a sense that God can meet our needs in a way that money and possessions ever can.

Stop trying to be comfortable. Stop trying to be secure. Go after the kingdom of God, wherever that might lead you. He will meet your every need.

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