28Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
This post is for a friend who is in need of prayer (you know who you are). I remember years ago reading this scripture as I began my walk with Christ. The verse that caught my attention was Peter saying, “We have left everything to follow you!” It was as though I felt Peter’s pain and sincerity as he poured out his heart to Christ.
“Lord we have left everything for you! ” Then Jesus goes on to give Peter a promise that only He can make and keep. Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”
Isn’t it funny how the right sacrifice is often the least supported? Think about it for a second. When you decide to follow Christ, you would think folks would be happy for you especially those close to you. However, I have seen new Christians face the sting of rejection and often times isolation because they have decided to follow Christ. This is hard, painful and confusing to say the least.
However, the moment we become disciples of Christ, we become His ambassadors of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:20). Mark 10:29 is Jesus’ assurance to Peter that He understood his sacrifice and it shall be rewarded. Christ is petitioning you to hold on to His unchanging hand, for your loved ones have not seen or received the hope that you profess.
You have been chosen for a time such as this and my prayer is your family will see Christ through you. Your patience, love and devotion to something greater than all we can imagine will move hearts to Christ. God will and has given you the grace to overcome; all He ask of you is to hold on to His unchanging hand.
Father, thank you for never letting go even when the world around us seems to fall away. Lead us to scriptures that will sustain our spirits and strengthen our hearts. Lord I ask this one thing of you, mend the broken-hearted. Become a father to the fatherless and a mother to motherless. Give us the grace to proclaim and sustain your name to the world we know of. We thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
** If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to pray for you. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with.