He was a sickly child. Learning to read and write was a difficult task. But as he grew older, he wanted to learn everything he could. So, he forced himself to master difficult subjects. In fact, he is respected and honored as a theologian, philosopher, organist, physician, medical missionary, founder of a hospital in Africa and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.
When he announced to his friends that the Lord called him to become a missionary to Africa, they were shocked. “Don’t waste your life,” they begged. But Dr. and Mrs. Albert Schweitzer refused to let their pleas of their friends overcome God’s call and His plan for them. They labored as missionaries for fifty years, accomplishing much for God.
In Mark’s Gospel Jesus assured His disciples that anyone who gave up anything for His sake would be repaid a “hundred times over” in this life, including a new family – the family of God and His children! What we gain by following the call of Jesus may not be more of what we once had, but the satisfaction of knowing Him and receiving His blessings and serving Him far outweigh any earthly loss.
And He continues by saying, “And you will also have eternal life.” Imagine, if you can – His presence, peace and promises now and being with Him in health in the life to come.
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for calling each of us to a life of service. May everything we do bring others to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Mark 10:29-31 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time...