18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[f]“
21“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
27Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
28Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
29“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:18-30
Its a interesting little interchange here between the ruler with great wealth and Jesus which leads into a intriguing section about the great benefits of discipleship.
We have heard the act of saving is Gods alone. Then we hear of what that will mean for the life of the disciple. A denial of things for the sake of the kingdom.
But what I find amazing is what Jesus says next. Those who are willing to take the call to kingdom living seriously, receive numerous blessing.
I get the stuff about the age to come, but what of the things in this age?
Jesus is obviously saying “forsake things for the kingdom, but this kingdom living will be worth it”.
It seems to me that far too often as Christians we seem to get stuck on the cost to ourselves, of things we do or deny, for the sake of the kingdom.
Why is it we forget about the things we receive in this age? I think its because I fail to really know what this stuff is. It is probably because I have a distorted view of true benefits.
I need to dwell more on the wonderful benefits of living for the kingdom? Do you?