Matthew 19:27 Then Peter chimed in, “We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?”

It’s hard to get anybody to commit to anything these days. People want to know what are they going to get out of something before they give anything. Rightfully so, with resources being scarce people want to know what do I get out of it? When you experience the Love of Christ for the first time it’s not a question that comes to mind because of the overwhelming grace it’s the last thing on your mind. After you’ve been walking with Jesus a while this question comes back around, what are we going to get out of this?”

Especially when you see the persecution and struggle that comes with following Jesus. With the onset of so much antagonism many believers are beginning to ask, “what do I get out of this?” It is a sacrifice to truly follow Jesus. Dietrich Bonhoffeur called it the ‘Cost of Discipleship.” Jesus told his Followers that if they wanted to be his Disciples they had to take up their cross daily, deny themselves and follow him.

Jesus ran across a young rich man who wanted to be a disciple. He asked Jesus what he must do to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus told him to keep the commandments. The rich young man said boastfully that he had kept them all. Jesus said, “if you want to be perfect sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor then come follow me!” The young man walked away sad because he loved his money more. Jesus then told the disciples that it’s hard for the rich to enter into heaven.

Peter saw this and said, “We have left everything to follow you. I walked away from my business. We have left our families and land. What do we get out of this?!”

  1. Whatever you left you will get a hundred times as much. For me this is not about doubling your material acquisitions but rather the enrichment of your life. The things that God gives you in place of what you left will mean a 100 times more than what you left. How many business executives who were making mad loot got burned out, gave their lives to Jesus and started doing something more fulfilling with their lives? The money no longer did it for them but living out their purpose was far more rewarding. There are something’s money can’t buy.
  1. We will receive eternal life. There is a life after this life. How we invest this life will determine how we live in the next life. Only what you do for Christ will last. There are some of us who are important now but will be less important in heaven and there are some who are less important now who will be of utmost importance in heaven.

 

Dear God,

I have received more than I gave up. I thought I was losing something when I followed you but I have gained far more than I could have imagined. I will not question you again about what I lost because I gained more than I gave up. One day I just want to hear you say, “well done my good and faithful servant! You’ve been faithful over a few things. Now come up here so I can make you a ruler over many!”

 In Jesus Name,

 Amen