Matthew 19:27, 29 Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed you; what then will there be for us?” And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for my name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.
This morning after my wife and I worked out someone stopped me and asked how many were coming to my house for thanksgiving. I told her, “Forty!” She said, “You know…more are coming! It always happens that way!” I said, “The Lord will make a way somehow.” I reflected further with my wife and I told her it’s a blessing to be able to host both our families. It’s a wonderful feeling to go from room to room seeing family fellowshipping under one roof. It’s not an inconvenience. It’s a blessing. To whom much is given much is required. Especially when you look back on where God brought you.
Jesus was teaching the disciples how important it was not to get caught up in material things right after the rich young man turned down Jesus’ invitation to sell everything to follow him. Jesus didn’t have a problem with the young man’s prosperity. He had a problem with his priorities.
Jesus told the disciples that it was hard for someone preoccupied with riches to get into heaven. Peter spoke up and said, “We have left everything to follow you. What do we get out of it?!”
- More meaningful relationships. When we decide to follow Jesus inevitably you will lose relationship with people you thought were close to you. But God will send you new kingdom relationships that are healthier than the ones you lost. Jesus said, “Those who do the will of my father, are my new relatives!”
- More room and real estate. I love the prayer of Jabez when he asks God to take away his pain and expand his territory. Jesus promises an exchange for the pain and persecution for his disciples, “The land and the homes you left for my sake will be with more!” When God shuts one door he will open up another.
- More abundant life! Not only will God bless us in this life with more of what we need and some of what we want but most of all we will have eternal life with the Father. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you and where I go you may go there also. In my Father’s house are many mansions or many rooms!” God has room for more!
God thank you for making room for more! I’m thankful for the singlewide trailer you let me grow up in so that I would appreciate a house full of people I love! You have been embarrassingly good to my family and I! We joyfully give back all that you’ve given us. We have so much to be thankful for. Bless those who don’t have with the same abundance you’ve given us and help us to share our blessings with them as well.
In Jesus Name,