Friday, 27 May 2016

WHAT'S IN IT FOR US

WEDNESDAY May 25

What’s in It for Us?

Right after the incident with the rich ruler (Matthew 19:16-26), what happens?
“Then Peter answered and said to Him, ‘See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?’ ” (Matt. 19:27,NKJV). Nothing in the text says what prompted this question, but it could easily be in direct response to the rich man’s departure from Jesus. Peter seemed to be implying that, unlike this man and others who either rejected Jesus or stayed with Him while and then left, he and the other disciples had left all for Him. They were remaining faithful to Him, even at great personal cost. Thus, the questionis, What’s in it for us?
From our perspective today, we might see this question as another indication of how hard-hearted and spiritually dense the disciples were (and to some degree that’s true). On the other hand, why not ask question like Peter’s? Why shouldn’t he wonder what he would get by following Jesus?
After all, life here is hard, even for those who have it the best. We are all subject to the traumas, the disappointments, the pain of our fallen existence. In the 1800s, an Italian intellectual named Giacomo Leopardi wrote about the overriding unhappiness of human beings, saying that “aslong as man feels life, he also feels displeasure and pain.”
Life is often struggle, and the good in this world doesn’t always even out with the bad. So, Peter’s question makes perfect sense. Because life is hard, what advantage comes to us from following Jesus? What should we expect from making the kind of commitment that Jesus asked of us?

How did Jesus respond to the question? See Matt. 19:28–20:16. (PLEASE READ)

Notice, Jesus didn’t rebuke Peter for selfishness or the like. He gave him first verystraight forward answer and then the parable regarding the workers and their wages. Though over the centuries great deal of discussion has ensued over the meaning of the parable, the basic point is clear: we will get from Jesus what He has promised us.

If someone were to ask you,“What will get by servingJesus?” what would you answer? 


REFERENCE 
Seventh Day Adventist Study Guide, 2nd Quarter 2016, Lesson 9, Wednesday May 25, 2016. Title: What is in it for us?

This post was lifted from Seventh-day adventist study guide. This particular lesson made a whole lot of sense to me when i was studying it. Then i thought i could share it with you all because i believe a whole lot of Christians have this same question at the back of their minds.

You will see the beauty of this lesson ig you can prayerfully read each bible text along with the lesson.

The Lord almighty will bless each and everyone of us as we study.

Amen.

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