“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30
I read this verse in Johannesburg while surrounded by a team of South African, Malaysian and US consultants who had left things behind to be part of a rēp Venture. They temporarily left their families, their homes, their jobs “for the sake of the kingdom of God.” It took courage, time and money. Was it worth it?
On our final day with the businesses the leaders shared what God had done in their lives and businesses over the course of the two week Consultation. Lives were changed, businesses repurposed, and God did a stream of marketplace miracles.
I was again blown away to see earnest consultants diligently serving fellow marketplace ministers. We were “on the road” for nearly three weeks. We did leave family, wives, etc. for a short season. The leaving is real, but so is the sense that we are part of something far bigger than ourselves, that our work will still be there when our lives are done, and that we are indeed playing a small part in furthering the kingdom of God.
“…will receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”
We received many times in those few weeks: many new friends, many new family members, many new lasting kingdom relationships. And we will spend eternity together. This is beyond cool.