24 Mar LEAVING ALL BEHIND
28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Very often you come across people who sound like they have made a lot of sacrifices to become Christians. Some pastors even say that if it was money they were looking for, they would not be pastors, trying to imply that they have made great sacrifices to follow Jesus. These sound like Simon Peter who was drawing Jesus’ attention to the great sacrifices they have made to become Jesus’ disciples. Many truly are looking for material gains as their reward for following Jesus.
If you find yourself in the category of people that think they have made great “sacrifices” in becoming Christians, or even responding to the call to become pastors, meditate prayerfully on Jesus’ response to Peter’s statement, “lo we have left all and followed Thee”.
Whereas Peter’s statement reveals man’s pre-occupation with material rewards, note that Jesus did not ignore or brush it aside. He affirmed that all such people who have made commitments to follow Him will certainly receive several times what they think they “lost” in the decision to follow Jesus.
Note, however, that Jesus’ package for such individuals goes beyond life in this temporal world. Jesus promises a better life than what we are chasing here and around. Just to let you know; whatever you appear to have lost is little compared to what God has for you. God has always been ahead of man in goodness.
1. Celebrate the goodness of God and His faithfulness to reward every little act of righteousness we do for His kingdom.
2. Ask for the grace to be more committed to Jesus, looking beyond the present.
3. Heavenly Father, please help me get even more committed to Jesus in this era of worldliness.
I declare that God is the source of all things. All I have was received from His great store of blessings. Whatever I have given to the kingdom of God was from Him. I know my God is faithful and will multiply back unto me several times whatever I gave. I receive God’s blessings here on earth and also the blessings of eternal life in Christ Jesus.