100 Times as Much
So, let me get this straight, Lord. This is a TREMENDOUS investment plan!
You said that "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life." (Matthew 19:29, NIV)
If I give you my "house," such as it is, I get 100 back!?! Yahoo! Can I please get better neighbors, so I don't hear the bass of their music through the walls all the time? That problem in one house is bad enough, but times 100--yuck! Ooh, ooh, I have an idea: can I exchange the 100 of these for 50 actual separate buildings instead? And I'd like to have them in all kinds of scenic and exotic places all around the world, not all 50 right next to each other. That would be so cool!
Or would it? That's a lot of utility bills. And phone lines. And furniture to buy. And travel. It doesn't seem quite worth it.
So, we'll just keep going in the verse. Next! 100 brothers and 100 sisters and 100 fathers and 100 mothers and 100 children! Christmas presents are going to be VERY expensive this year! I'd give the proverbial "old woman in a shoe" a run for her money, sounds like. Maybe I'd split them up, a couple of kids per house. I'm not so sure that sounds all that promising, either.
Well, I'll just skip that and move on to the next part.
To fields. Um. Have I left a field for Jesus' sake? No, not a literal field, as in something a farmer owns and works on. We had a garden when I was a kid--does that count? I was not a big fan of pulling the weeds on a Kansas summer day, that much I remember. And it seemed like an awful lot of work to do all the shucking and shelling and cleaning and cutting/chopping, etc., when opening a can or pulling a bag out of the freezer would have accomplished the same thing. No, I'm not much of a farm girl, and don't really have any fields to give, or any interest in getting any fields back, let alone 100.
Maybe this investment plan isn't really for me, after all. We'll take one more look at it. Here we go, the bonus clause: will inherit eternal life. Now we're talking! So long as I don't have to pull weeds for eternity, or send out birthday cards until I can't lick 'em anymore, or clean 100 houses up there.
Maybe I'm a little confused. Is the 1 for 100 swap the point? When would it take place--here on earth, or in heaven? I don't really need 100 of anything that I can think of.
What if... What if I just want to give You what I've got--good, bad, or average--and let You take care of me in exchange: how 'bout that?
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