THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Life is full of rhetorical challenges.
For instance, when we're angry with our children, we ask,
"Do you WANT me to spank you?"
One lady had the perfect rhetorical challenge for her husband. She said,
"Every time I even MENTION meat loaf for dinner, he takes me out to eat!"
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother,
or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold,
and shall inherit everlasting life.
God uses challenges to bring us to know Christ.
Then He uses more challenges to bring us to know Him better.
For instance, Jesus said, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it." (Matthew 16:25)
And Paul, writing to the church at Ephesus said,
"It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
It seems that God is determined to challenge us throughout the Bible.
And God challenges us to be different from the world.
In our text above (Matthew 19:29), Jesus challenges us
to make Him the CENTER of our lives.
Nothing or anyone should be more important to us than Christ Himself!
Nothing or anyone should be more important than our relationship with Him!
We should plan our lives around Him in the center.
And everything we do should relate back to Him.
In a marriage, the singular and most central part of the ceremony
are the VOWS of commitment.
We should think of ourselves as the "bride of Christ."
We are built upon commitment.
This verse is a challenge of our commitment to Christ.
It is a challenge of our love for Christ.
And it is a challenge of our faith to trust Him as our Sole Provider.
Are we up to the challenge?