Mark 10:29-31 on Leaving

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” – Mark 10:29-31

Do you remember the last day that you really felt the price of having “left?” There are so many days when we go about life as normal, joyful and truly enjoying the journey that God has us on. The price of leaving family, friends, and familiarity are never forgotten, but praise God for the richness of His grace and love as He so often showers us with blessings and fulfillment no matter where He sends us.

There are those days, though, when despite those many blessings, we can feel almost physically the loss of having left. As much as we would like to reason with ourselves and spare ourselves pain by making ourselves  believe that we haven’t given up much, there is no way around the fact that leaving these things comes at great expense.

I’ve had a few of those days lately and God has brought me back to this passage yet again as an encouragement and promise. My second little nephew was born last week, and while the joy of knowing that he is here is amazing, I feel the loss as the closest that we can can come to bridging the 4,500+ miles separating us from him is to see his sweet little face in photos and over Skype (praise God for Skype though!). That has led me to think all the more about our own baby who will arrive in just a few short weeks and how his loving grandparents and aunt and uncles will experience that same loss of only seeing him or her on a 2D screen rather than holding and hugging our little one like they have been able to do with our other two at the hospital so soon after birth. That too is a great loss for us as well.

I love that our all-knowing and personal God gave a verse to us for moments just like these.  He knew fully the price that He was asking us to pay to follow Him, and in His love for us and deep understanding of our hearts, He assured us with complete certainty through His everlasting word that it will all be worth it. Praise Him for the moments when we get to experience these promises as truth “now in this time,” and praise Him all the more for the ways that we will see this promise in its fullness “in the age to come.” I love that God spared us from having to reason ourselves into believing that it would all be worth it by promising us absolutely that it will be.

Have you had any days recently where you’ve felt the price of having left? Are there any ways that we can be praying for you in this? Does anyone have any encouragements to share in this area that God has given you as you’ve experienced these same emotions? You sacrifice IS worth it! May God bless you as your rest in this promise today!

(Post by: Ashley)


2 Responses to “Mark 10:29-31 on Leaving”

  1. 1 Sarah June 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I struggled with this especially when we first moved to Costa Rica. My husband actually printed Mark 10:29-31 at a top of a page and encouraged me to write down the things I was struggling with having left behind under the verses. Of course, nothing compared to Christ and being in His will, so it helped put things in perspective!

    I’ve been struggling with this recently once again since we are expecting our second baby and I’m thinking about how different it will be to have this baby so far away from our family and friends (like how you described in this post, Ashley). I’m praying for peace, contentment and joy in the eternal perspective.

  2. 2 Kara July 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Although I sometimes acutely feel the loss of leaving our home country, it’s all the other places that usually top my list. God called us to Irkutsk, Russia for 8 years, and then unexpectedly the visa door closed and we will never live there again. After that, we had a year-and-a-half living near family in Colorado, then a year in Kyiv, and now over a year in St. Petersburg.

    We just recently took a trip to visit friends in Kyiv. I would love to visit a place we used to live every year, in order for my kids (ages 8, 6, 3) to not ‘lose’ the memories and relationships God gave us there. But it is unrealistic due to the cost of travel, and the limitation of time!

    But my heart aches for the places we have left. The phrase (and worship song) “He gives and takes away” is a tear-jerker for me, since I never longed to live in Siberia, Ukraine, or a swampy city of dark winters and white nights in the summer! But God has made each place so dear to me. It feels like He has enlarged my heart to embrace each apartment, each friend, each forest. However, I know enlarged hearts are a sign of heart disease, and I can spend too much time and emotion on grieving or staying connected to the place we left. I want to also embrace the current communtiy!

    What consoles me is that God will make a new heaven and new earth. After reading Randy Alcorn’s “Heaven” I have become convinced that it won’t be a foreign planet. I look forward to sepnding eternity running in the woods around Irkutsk, hiking the mountains of Colorado, swimming in the Dnieper and picnicking in Sosnovka Park. (And maybe a long tour of Italy thrown in for fun!) God has reminded me that life IS too short, that I was not created to live for a short time in each place. While I need to grieve what I have left, it should also remind me that I was made for eternity with the people and places that I love.

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