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Why Give Up?
by Jenny on December 10th, 2016

"Then Peter began to speak up. 'We've given up everything to follow You,' he said." Mark 10:28

I never planned to be a stay-at-home mom. I never planned to have half-a-dozen children, and I certainly never planned to homeschool them all. I planned to have a successful career, to spend my life making lots of dough that my family and I could enjoy. Now the only dough I make is homemade pizza dough in my bread machine on Friday nights.

So why do I do what I do?

Why don't I seize the reigns, make a change, and return to Plan A?

Because of the promise.

After an encounter with a man who found it easy to live by the law but hard to live by love, Jesus declares that it is impossible to enter the kingdom of heaven based solely on human effort. Peter turns to Jesus with a confused look on his face, throws his hands up in the air and says, but "We've given up everything to follow You." (Mark 10:28)

Okay, so I may have imagined Peter's facial expressions and the tossing up of his hands but that's the feeling I get from this encounter. Jesus has just said that it is impossible to save ourselves, that we must do things God's way to inherit eternal life. I wonder if Peter even questions where he stands at this point. Never one to hold back words Peter blurts out, "I've given up everything to do life Your way."

Jesus responds, "Yes, and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for My sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life." (Mark 10:29-30)

Peter, once again silenced by the grace and wisdom of God.

I have yet to sacrifice nearly as much as some believers have had to surrender on account of their faith. But when we give up our plans in exchange for the life Jesus intended us to live, He promises, "It's worth it!"

In case you've wondered, Mark 10:28 is my "one verse" for my current season of life. My life looks nothing like I planned. At times I grow weary and frustrated, feeling as if I've given up everything to live out the life God apparently wants me to live. I question and begin to doubt how or whether I will live the extraordinary life for which I've always hungered. Whether God will ever allow me to travel back to the country I love, to stand on that Rwandan/Congolese border with open arms to receive "the least of these." Whether the pieces of my life, which were broken apart eleven years ago by death, will ever fit back together again.

Jesus says, "Yes! Everything you've given up to follow Me will be given back to you in ways beyond anything you can think to ask or imagine IN THIS LIFE, and in the life to come." (Mark 10:29 and Ephesians 3:20, loosely paraphrased)

God promises that, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9) But for those things to come about I must let God be God. I must do life God's way, not mine.

God never promised that life would go our way. God never promised that life would be easy. Even Jesus endured a time in life when He asked God, "Is there another way?" (Matthew 29:39) When God refused to provide an alternate path Jesus proceeded to do his Father's will, not because it was pleasurable at the time, but because of "the joy that awaited Him" upon completion of His Father's plan. (Hebrews12:2)

Life not going how you planned? Give up! Don't give up on life itself. Give up your way, your plans, your hopes, your dreams, your desires. Take delight in the Lord, and in His desires for your life, and He will give you more than you ever could ever think to ask for or imagine. (Psalm 37:4, Ephesians 3:20)


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Jeanne - December 10th, 2016 at 9:07 AM
Thanks be to God for knowing what is best for me!!
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