Anglican Daily Fountain 25th January 2024 (Devotional Today)
Welcome to Today’s Daily Fountain Devotional of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. Daily Fountain is a daily reading devotional for all Anglicans and Non-Anglicans to read, study, share and discuss the Word of God on a daily basis.
TOPIC: GIVE UP THINGS FOR CHRIST
TEXT: Matthew 19: 27-30(KJV)
19:27. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
19:28. And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
19:29. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
19:30. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Anglican Daily Fountain 25th January 2024 STUDY:
Paul had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 9:1-19) which changed and redirected his life and service towards Christ forever. It didn’t take him long to willingly forfeit and give up his wonderful and rich heritage and background in order to gain Christ (Phil.3:4-6). He found that those privileges were gains only to the outside world, but not to the Christian. None could help him gain salvation or make him a better follower of Christ.
To him, they were liabilities and losses compared with the excellence of knowing and gaining Christ! In today’s passage, Peter asked Jesus what they would gain, having left their all to follow Him. Jesus’ answer assured him of tremendous benefits including the crown of life eternal.
What are those things that are so dear to you but which are hindering you from gaining Christ? Do not hold onto them too tightly -God may ask you to let them go and you need to obey. How tragic for the rich young ruler to value his possession and pride more than eternal life and the blessing and rewards that God givs. Note that whatever you give up for the sake of gaining Christ, shall be replaced by blessings and gifts a hundred times better. Unless you give up those earthly things, you will never possess eternal life. It pays to serve Jesus!
PRAYER: Father, help me to truly give up everything that is a hindrance to my gaining Christ.