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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|JULY 3, 2016
|JULY 10, 2016
|JULY 17, 2016
|JULY 24, 2016
|JULY 31, 2016
“There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and
brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come
eternal life.” (Mark 10:29, 30)
The greatest of all investments is the investment of one’s life for Jesus Christ. The important
considerations in any investment are the safety of the principal and the rate of return. Judged on this
basis, no investment can compare with the life that’s lived for God. The principal is absolutely safe
because He is able to keep that which we have committed unto him (2 Tim. 1:12). As for the income, it
boggles the mind by its immensity.
In today’s passage, the Lord Jesus promises to repay one hundredfold. That amounts to a 10,000% rate
of interest—something that is unheard of in the world. But that is not all!
Those who have forsaken the comforts of a home in order to serve the Lord Christ are promised the
warmth and conveniences of many homes, where they are shown the kindness of God for Jesus’ sake.
Those who forego the delights of marriage and a family, or who sever other tender earthly ties for the
Gospel’s sake, are promised a worldwide family, many of whom actually become closer than blood-
Those who forsake lands are promised lands. They leave behind the privilege of owning a few acres of
real estate, and gain the immeasurably greater privilege of claiming countries and even continents for
the precious Name of Jesus.
They are also promised persecutions. At first this seems to be a sour note in an otherwise harmonious
symphony. But Jesus includes persecutions as a positive return on one’s investment. To share the
reproach of Christ is greater treasure than all the wealth of Egypt (Heb. 11:26).
Those are the dividends in this life. Then the Lord adds, “…and in the world to come eternal life.” This
looks forward to eternal life in its fullness. Though eternal life itself is a gift received by faith, there will
be differing capacities for enjoying it. Those who have left all to follow Jesus will share a greater degree
of reward in the City Foursquare.
When we consider the transcendent returns from a life invested for God, it’s strange that more people do
not participate. Investors can be extremely shrewd when it comes to stocks and bonds, yet strangely
dense when it comes to the best investment of all.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1927-2007
John Plasterer will be our speaker for the Sunday
School hour at 10:30 a.m. and for the Family Bible
Hour at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2016. He
and his wife Cathy live in Baltimore, Maryland
where John is a correctional facilities chaplin. His
interaction with prisoners for many years has
resulted in lives being changed as inmates
respond to the Gospel message. He uses Emmaus
Bible Courses, distribution of Bibles and other
evangelical literature to facilitate his work that is
being blessed in the salvation of precious souls.