JOURNEY ALONG GOD'S PATH
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
Why should anyone follow Jesus?
What will I receive if I surrender my life to him?
Do you think the title sounds rather mercenary? Travel with me to the 19th
chapter of the book of Matthew and listen to the apostle Peter make the
following statement in verse 27: "We have left everything to follow you!
What then will there be for us?" If you had been in that room with Peter
would you have braced yourself for the rebuke that Jesus would give? Can
you hear the Lord saying, "shame on you Peter for having such selfish
Well, that is not what Jesus said. Rather we can read in Matthew and in
Mark 10:29 He told Peter that many blessings in both this life and in the life
to come would be the possession of not only Peter but for all who followed
Why should anyone follow Jesus? What will I receive if I surrender my life to
Him? Space will allow us to look at only two blessings out of many that are
received by the one who gives their life to our Lord.
1. Joy. Now, don't confuse joy with happiness. When you turn to the 16th chapter
of the book of Acts you see that Paul and Silas have been arrested, severely
beaten and placed in solitary confinement with their hands and feet in chains.
What was their crime? There was a young girl who had the ability to predict the
future and she was owned by several men. They earned money by charging
people for the young girl to make the predictions. The spirit by which she was
able to do this was an evil spirit so Paul cast the demon out of the girl. When the
men saw that their means of income had been removed, they instigated the
proceedings against Paul and Silas.
Think about this for just a minute: Paul and Silas have been faithfully serving the
Lord and yet they are now suffering for doing good. What would you do if you were
in such a situation? In verse 25 we read that Paul and Silas were singing and
praying. How could they do that? Simply because Christian joy is not based on
outward circumstances but rather on the realization that no one can remove our
relationship with Jesus. I want you to listen to one of the most glorious passages
of Scripture in all of God's Word. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height or depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38,39. The
faithful child of God has a joy that can never be taken away.
2. Eternal Life. My father died recently and he was nearly 91
years old. When we think of a man of that age we refer to them as
being 'an old man'. When you look at time from man's perspective
then you can accurately say that 91 is old but how do you
compare 91 years with eternity? There is no way that I can paint
an accurate picture of eternity but let me try. Imagine that you
have a gigantic water bucket. When I say gigantic I am not joking
because this particular bucket will hold all of the water in the
entire world. Here is your assignment: empty all of the water from
the world into the bucket. All of the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic
Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea,
the Amazon River, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes and
every other body of water. Here is the procedure that you will
follow: you will take an 'eye dropper' and go down to some body of
water and take one drop and place it in your bucket. You will then
lay your eye dropper down for one year and repeat the procedure
each year until every drop of water has been transferred from the
earth to your bucket. Now, how long would that take? I don't have
any idea but I know this, when you finished, eternity would be no
closer to being over than when you began. In reality you cannot
talk about the length of eternity because it has no end.
"One day the faithful child of God
will spend forever with the Lord."
I have good news for you, no, make that GREAT news! You can spend
eternity in Heaven with Jesus. He said in John 14:1-3, "Do not let your
hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are
many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to
prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
One day the faithful child of God will spend forever with the Lord!
So, what's in it for you? Joy in this life and eternity in the next life. World
Bible School is a tool that you can use to learn the Word of God and
discover how to become His child. It is our prayer that the Lord will richly
bless you in a study of His Word!
by Jim Corner