Tuesday: 21st August, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 19:23-30
Matthew 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
When the bitcoin craze was at its peak some months ago, I heard stories of people who used their homes as collateral to obtain loans for investing in this crypto currency. For anyone bold enough to make such a decision, the story of ‘a collapsed investment’ or a loss of their investment is the last news anyone would want to announce to them because they had entered a venture expecting only something good.
Such accounts are no different from the discourse between Jesus and his disciples as read in the Gospel of today. We have read that the call of the Apostles meant an abandonment of the livelihood of some, the families of others and even some, their old ways of living; which were more comfortable. These were what Peter referred to as ‘their everything’ hence, his question:
‘We who have given up everything to follow you, what’s in it for us?
This question is of prime importance because to him and the other Apostles, ‘their everything’ meant: all they possessed, all they held dear and all they treasured; so they had some hope that their decision ought to come with some returns. And the only reason they were confident enough to even pose that question to Jesus was because they had indeed left their all to follow Him.
So the question to you is this: What is ‘your everything’? And have you considered Jesus worthy enough to leave that ‘everything’ behind to follow?
This however does not just mean ‘leaving or abandoning’ in the literal sense of the word, but finding out where Jesus stands in your list of the things considered precious to you. So sweetheart, where does Jesus place in the structure and order of your life? Think about these words.
Remember # to follow Jesus, He first has to be ahead of you.