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09/03/2015

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Both Compensating And Comforting


"But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first" (Matt.19:30).

Many people who work, pay into a retirement fund. The hope is that when their working days are over, there will be some compensation for the loyalty they have shown and the money they have contributed. Today's verse is preceded by Jesus saying this; "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters, or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life" (V 29). The Bible is filled with those who left comfortable surroundings, like Abraham and Moses, to do the Lord's work and were compensated greatly. The apostle Paul left an affluent life to become a Christian and suffered both physically and in other ways. He said this: "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ...." (Phil.3:7-8). Paul's "compensation" was Christ!

Along with this compensation thing, the gospel is a comforting one... The sorrowful are comforted by the good news of Jesus. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God" (2 Cor.1:3-4). We have compensation and comfort in this life along with the great promise of our eternal life to come. Its pretty nifty for us as common folks to be rewarded so greatly...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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