“I tell you the truth,” 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—-and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last and the last first.” (Mark10:29–31)
Jesus indicated the existence of two ages. One is the present age of history with its opportunities and rewards. The age to come lies beyond the historical order but can be experienced or entered within the present age. The life of he age to come is eternal life. A believer in Jesus possesses eternal life already (John 5:24). In that sense the get to come has broken in upon the present age.
Even so, the future will bring full and final enjoyment of eternal life in the coming age. God’s evaluation of persons may prove quite different from our earthly expectations. Serving Christ faithfully involves sacrifices and self-denial. Our Lord promises that the abundance of the reward will outshine any sacrifice we make to win others to Christ Jesus. If we do not serve Jesus selflessly, we may be the “first” and shall be “last” as our Lord warned us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, In this lesson from Mark, we are warned to serve Christ, and to do so sacrificing ourselves for His sake and never for ourselves. Our reward will outshine any sacrifice that we make, to win others to Jesus. Beloved, if we maintain our focus on serving Him alone, than we will serve Him selflessly. Today, we pray in Jesus’ precious Name, that today we place our focus on our service to the Lord, to bringing others to Christ, through our actions and not just our words; to be examples of Christ’s love in the world around us, and seeking each day, to bring more and more brothers and sisters into the realm of our Lord and Savior. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God measures success not in units of silver, but in units of service.”
“What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if hey had none: those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not their to keep; those who used the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.” (1st Corinthians7:29-31)
Some interpreters believe Paul referred to the time until the second coming. Thus Paul would have meant that the necessary prelude for the age to come is the passing away of he world in its present form.
In its place will dawn the new age. Each generation must live in the conviction that time is short. Whether the point of termination be death or Christ’s return, the time is short for all persons. Others believe Paul saw an immediate threat of severe persecution and recommended waiting until the “crisis” passed to participate in life’s normal activities.
“if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” (Hebrews 6:5)
The present experience of salvation involves a foretaste of the powers of the age to come. Aspects of the eschatological (end times) future have been brought in to time. Eternal life is a present reality( John 5:24); the kingdom of God has come near (Mark 1:14-15); and the age to come has overlapped this present age through the coming of Christ and the powers and provisions He brings to believers.
Second Thought of the Day:
“The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this wold will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25)
Similar to the present age and the age to come are John’s words about “this world” and “eternal life.” This world is the sphere of Satan’s activity. The life of eternity is God’s kind of life.
He has manifested His life in the coming of Christ. In receiving Christ (Verse 3:16), believers receive eternal life. The life of the age to come is experienced by believers in the present age trough the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.