Blessed With a Loving Brotherhood…

Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.

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The apostle Peter said to Jesus: “Look! We have left all things and followed you; what actually will there be for us?” Peter wanted to know what the future held for him and for Jesus’ other disciples. To devote themselves fully to the Kingdom-preaching work, they had made important sacrifices.  What assurance did Jesus give them?

According to Mark’s parallel account, Jesus indicated that his disciples would be part of a spiritual brotherhood. He said: “No one has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the good news who will not get a hundredfold now in this period of time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, with persecutions, and in the coming system of things everlasting life.”  First-century Christians, such as Lydia, Aquila, Priscilla, and Gaius, were among those who provided “houses” and became “brothers and sisters and mothers” to fellow believers, as Jesus had promised.

What Jesus said is having greater fulfillment today. The “fields” his followers leave behind refer to the livelihoods that many, including missionaries, members of the Bethel family, international servants, and others, willingly give up in order to advance Kingdom interests in various lands. Many brothers and sisters have left their homes in order to simplify their life, and it gives us joy to hear their experiences showing how Jehovah has cared for them and how their service to him has made them happy.

Moreover, all baptized servants of Jehovah can enjoy the blessing of “seeking first the kingdom and God’s righteousness” as part of the globe-encircling Christian brotherhood.

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~ by DJ Camstar on 15/03/2017.

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