Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age.”
Our culture encourages us to grab as much as we can for ourselves. This is consumerism. Jesus calls us to turn away (“repent”) from this way of trying to attain happiness. He says we should not cling to possessions or people…but instead be willing to part with them. While many believe that their possessions, status or relationships define them…Jesus says the opposite. You will never know who you truly are until you disassociate yourself from those things. Make note that this does not mean to reject those things or treat them with contempt…but simply to detach from them. Do not possess them. Be willing to let them go. It is only when you let go of the things you’ve been grasping…that your hands are free to give and to receive what God wants to give you. It’s only in giving yourself away in the service of others that you will finally find your true self…your true calling. That will be worth a hundred times more than any possession or attachment.
Suggested song of the day– “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
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Remember…God loves you!