It doesn’t matter what you have to give up in order to gain Christ. What the Lord offers is a thousand times better than any pleasure, relationship, or sin that we might prize.
Then Peter said to him, “Look, we have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, 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 whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Matthew 19.27-30 NET
Some people love certain things or persons too much, for they will have to give them up in order to follow Jesus. A relationship. Lying. Greed. Self-sufficiency. The list goes on. Some of these appear more difficult to give up than others. After all, separating from a person to whom one has no right seems to be very difficult.
But each one feels the difficulty in the moment in which one perceives that repentance requires putting something aside.
As difficult as it may seem, as deep as the feeling of loss may be, nothing compares to the wonderful blessings from the Lord.
This was the answer that the Lord Jesus gave to Peter’s question: “What then will there be for us?”
The reply is grand, generous, visionary, multiplying. We gain much more in this life and in the next, eternal life. Whatever surrender that may be required doesn’t come close to comparing with the spiritual riches that await us in God’s kingdom.
Gracious God, may I perceive your generosity toward those who follow the Son.
Hold this thought:
So little, briefly, man surrenders,
To gain the riches Jesus tenders.