Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
One of the biggest misconceptions about the Christian faith is that the primary way God chooses to bless us for being good Christians is by giving us the possessions of this world.
And so when we face the setbacks of life, like a bad economy erasing our job, or death stealing away our spouse…we begin to wonder, “Is it all worthwhile?”
This is why when Jesus told a rich young man to sell all his possessions to gain eternal life, Peter couldn’t hold back from saying bluntly, “What do we get out of following you?”
But in God’s economy the true reward for the one who shares the cross of Christ is not necessarily material possessions. The reward is a new fellowship with Him where nothing can ever “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39)
When we come to the point where we are willing to abandon the trinkets of this world to discover the infinite treasure of knowing Him, we will find that despite the hardships life can throw at us, following Jesus is more than worthwhile!
Dear God, like the disciples, I sometimes struggle to follow You as I should. May your Word to me today encourage me to follow You joyfully. Amen.