My husband is a leader with an ever growing men’s ministry. These men have committed themselves to following Jesus and to each other. It is their desire to minister to as many men as possible, spreading the good news of salvation and reconciliation with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
One of the weekly groups is growing so much it has recently been split into two now meeting at separate locations. This has been difficult for the men. They have made very close knit friendships but need more room for new guys to join. Even though growing the groups is exactly what is suppose to happen, it does not mean it is easy for them.
It is hard to suffer even in small ways. Leaving people behind is a sacrifice. Jesus knows the heartache of leaving behind others. He promised great blessings to those who do leave behind people for the sake of His name.
Jesus said to them… And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:27, 29
What a wonderful promise! Lets pray the men are encouraged by the growth of their groups. Pray they remember Jesus’ promised blessings to those who endure suffering for Him no matter how little that suffering may be.
I pray we all remember this and some day we will all hear the reward that awaits us.
‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:21