Scriptural Reference: Mark 10:29-30
Jesus says that there is no man that has left his house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or wife, or lands for my (Jesus’) sake. But he will receive a hundredfold of all these in this life with persecutions and in the world to come he will receive eternal life (Mark 10:29-30).
Abraham was told to leave the country from his kindred and God promised Abraham that He would make him a great nation, make his name great, and he would be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:1-3). God also shows us what it is like to come into a better “land” in (Genesis 45:20). The scripture says, “regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours (Genesis 12:1-3).” This scripture is not to be seen as only referring to material “stuff.” Rather, it points to spiritual things. This scripture is also not to be seen as a verse to use spiritually in order to receive material or physical blessings. The Christian walk sometimes leads us on a path far away from blessing, but persecution and trials. Look at the life of Jesus, Paul, and countless other prophets, apostles, and regular followers of Jesus that have had to undertake extreme persecution.
We get a picture of what leaving our kindred, country, and life looks like in (Exodus 32:25-29 & Deuteronomy 33:9-11). The people of Israel just created a golden calf and were worshiping it and dancing naked not knowing that God was giving Moses the Ten Commandments. Upon Moses’ return, he was disgusted at the sight of wickedness and sin that the people of Israel were partaking in. Moses stated that they have sinned a great sin and asked who will serve on the side of the Lord and all of the Tribe of Levi went to stand together with Moses (Exodus 32:25-29). The tribe of Levi separated themselves from the surrounding wickedness and from their bretheren.
Moses was a like person that left his “stuff” for God (Hebrews 11:24-27). He left despite the violence that could have occured to him. He did not count his life of any value because of the commandments of God (Hebrews 11:24-27 & Mark 8:34-38).
We see at times in the scripture, that God called people to leave their surroundings. We see this in the story of Lot, who was told to leave Sodom and Gomorrah to escape judgement (Genesis 19:1-29). At times in our lives, we may have to leave our place of familiarity, our comfort zones, and leave the “stuff” that we hold so dear. But as scripture says, “regard not your stuff.” There is a better land (Heaven and the new earth) (Genesis 45:20).
This stuff can be anything; houses, cars, money education, our looks, status, earthly power, and relationships. However, in the end, it is just stuff and cannot compare to living a life of eternity with Jesus Christ. There is no reason to try to accumulate all this earthly stuff when it doesn’t have everlasting value. As Jesus says, “What benefit or profit is it that a person gains the whole world, but loses their soul (Mark 8:36). What can a person give in exchange for their soul (Mark 8:37)?”
God calls for us to get out of ourselves, our sinful nature, and our worrying about our mortal well-being. God is our eternal reward, which outweighs any death, persecutuion, or turmoil that we can experience on earth (Romans 8:36-39).