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Sacrifice or Blessing?

by NICOLETTE HUTCHERSON SACRIFICE Feeling connected to those back home
Sacrifice or Blessing?
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“Then Peter spoke up, 'We have left everything to follow you!' 'Truly I tell you,' Jesus replied, 'no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – along with persecutions – and in the age to come eternal life.'”
Mark 10:28-30

There are times when someone mentions the sacrifices we as a family have made to serve overseas, and I feel guilty when I look around at our life that is just so… full. Then there are times when the full weight of the things it feels like we have given up to follow Jesus hits me like a ton bricks. 

When I'm in the season where the losses seem overwhelming, I am often reminded of the story of the rich young ruler in the book of Matthew, when Jesus reminds Peter and the rest of His disciples that those who have given up everything to follow Him will receive eternal life. 

But Mark's version of the same discussion has a very important addition that has totally changed my view on what we have given up in order to follow God's call. Jesus' answer to Peter's assertion that he and the other disciples have left everything is that anyone who sacrificed something to follow Him will receive a hundred times as much “in this present age” (Mark 10:29).  

Right now. Jesus is telling us that whatever we are asked to give up for the sake of following Him will be returned to us in some form in abundance. Of course, He's not saying that there won't be hardships and losses. We will also be persecuted, but following Jesus brings blessings, eternally of course, but also in the here and now.  

A mentor shared with me that being on the field allowed for a really special relationship between his children and their grandparents. Because of the distance, their times together were intentional, focused on the relationship and creating memories together. I've found that to be true with my children and their grandparents as well. So while we do sacrifice the day-to-day with one another, my kids have certainly gained a relationship with their extended family that they cherish and don't take for granted.  

It doesn't mean I don't miss my family or ache for my children when they weep when our visits with grandparents end. But Jesus’ words do serve as a reminder to me to notice the blessings that come from sacrificing for the sake of the gospel. 

Closing Prayer
God, we know that the life you have called us to is one that brings loss. We cling to the promises that nothing compares to the joy of knowing Christ, and that the kingdom work we are doing will have eternal rewards. But we also pray that You would open our eyes to the blessings that come from the sacrifices You have called us to make to follow You. Help us see what we have gained – in our lives right now – even when the losses seem to pile up so high. Amen.
Question for Reflection

What are some of the things God has returned to you in abundance because of sacrifices you have made?

Nicolette Hutcherson
June 06, 2024

I love that we live in the middle of a big city. I love that we can walk to school and work and the fruit shop and the bakery. This is not a lifestyle we would have likely had staying where we were in the US, and while I miss the convenience and relative calmness and cleanliness of suburban life in America, I feel so privileged to have the big city life I love!