13004095_sMark 10:28-30 Peter began to speak to him, “Look, we have left everything to follow you!” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive in this age a hundred times as much—homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, all with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.

When you think about following Jesus your first thought is; what do we I have to give up? For some people they have to give up a lifestyle that’s not in alignment with God’s standard. Others have given up how they make their money because it didn’t sit well with their conscience. Others have lost relationships because following Jesus sent them in a new direction.

Sometimes in this Christian journey you stop to take inventory of what you lost. It’s okay to grieve over what you lost. Peter had a moment when he saw a rich man turn Jesus down because he didn’t want to give up his riches to follow him. Peter started thinking about his small fishing business that used to bring in money to support his family and how he walked away from that to follow Jesus. It bothered him.

Has it ever bothered you? Did you lose anything when you decided to follow Jesus?

The truth of the matter is that people join the churches looking to get something not give up something. Peter and the other disciples gave up their lifestyles, jobs, practices, families, agendas, to follow Jesus for three years. Toward the end of three years Peter sees other people prospering but not following and he feels a certain kind of way. “We left everything to follow you, what’s in it for us?!”

  1. We don’t follow Jesus for stuff but for salvation. We should make it a priority to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be added!”
  2. What things shall be added? Mark 10:30 will receive in this age a hundred times as much—homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, all with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. Jesus tells them that they will be blessed with what they thought they gave up but it will be better than what they thought they lost (100Xbetter). But along with it persecutions. The persecutions keep us from getting caught up in our stuff. You never worship the stuff!
  3. The ultimate reward is eternal life. That’s why it’s easy for us to trade in our lives to Jesus because we no that this life is just a rehearsal for the life that is to come. This stuff we have on earth is just on loan until we get to heaven. So I really didn’t lose anything by following Jesus. What I still have is more than I should’ve got! God’s promise to his children is that he would provide daily bread. Anything above daily bread is prosperity

Dear God,

Thank you for being patient with me when I got sad thinking I lost something when in fact I gained something! Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. What does it profit a person to gain the whole world and mess around and lose their soul?! I’ve seen a lot of rich people die miserable and a lot of poor people live lives full of love and joy. I once was young, now I’m old and I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed in the streets begging for bread! Father I am blessed because you saved me and you provide all my needs according to your riches in Glory. Father I thank you!!!

In Jesus Name,

Amen