Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
Matthew 19: 27 – 29
In every great prison break movie, be it The Great Escape, Shawshank Redemption, or Chicken Run, there is a moment when the prisoners commit to escaping. After this point they begin to take risks. Whereas before they were relatively safe, now they are in dangerous territory. Any slip up and they could be caught, and the punishments severe. But they willingly take those risks because there is that promise that if they succeed they could be free.
Jesus’s disciples had sacrificed much to follow him. They had left behind homes, jobs, and families all so they could follow this itinerant preacher as he wandered through Palestine. There must have been days, perhaps when the money was running low and their feet ached from walking, when they felt homesick for the places they left behind. It was perhaps on one of those days that Peter asked, “what will there be for us?”
Jesus promised that there sacrifices were not in vain, that for all they had lost, in time they would gain so much more. Often when we are going through hard times it can be easy to throw up our hands and say what is the point. But often it’s only by persisting through the hard times that we can them reap the reward afterwards.
Prayer: Generous God when times are hard, give me the stamina and courage to see the race to the end. Help me to let go of things in the short term knowing that there will be new opportunities in the future. I trust that you are in control.
Action: Is there anything you are struggling to do today. Take a moment to think about your long term goal, and let that give you the motivation to keep going.