Mark 10:29,30 ¶ So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall 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”.
We can really confuse the promises of God found in the Bible. Take today’s promise for example, Jesus talked about incredible results coming from total surrender. He spoke about houses, lands, and family, He even threw in eternal life in heaven. But it is here where it is easy for us to get in the way. If we leave everything so we can get more we haven’t really left anything at all. His whole point is that He is the treasure. We forsake our pursuit of the treasures of this world to pursue Him instead. He promises that we will gain more stuff than we gave up but that can never be why we have chosen Him. We have seen in Him the greatest of all treasures and we follow Him regardless of the payback. He is our great reward. Here are some thoughts from Oswald Chambers on today’s passage.
“Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender resulting from this kind of thinking is certainly not the true nature of Christianity. Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit.”
This kind of surrender can only come from divine revelation. Until we see the preciousness of Christ and the reward that is in Him alone, all we have is natural treasures to bargain for. Religion without revelation becomes a system of working for some kind of reward. Revelation opens our eyes to the amazing grace of God and the treasure that He is for us now. When that truth resonates in you, there is no longer such a thing as sacrificing, it’s leaving behind rubbish for the Pearl of great price.