Tuesday: 5th March, 2018
Reference text: Mark 10:28-31
Mark 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
There are moments in life when in the course of a discussion, random thoughts come to mind. In those random thoughts and sometimes, the expressions that follow, the true state of our minds and hearts are revealed. That was what happened with Peter today.
He sounded somewhat frustrated and border-line anxious contemplating the reality of the decision he had made with the disciples. He began to question if his decision to abandon all and follow Jesus was a good call. And his cause for worry may have been warranted because there seemed to be no clear indication of what was in it for them. In addition, Jesus kept referring to humanly impossible principles so Peter sought some answers.
Even though your story may follow a very different course, in someway you may identify with the position of Peter: are you getting frustrated because things have slowed down? Are you concerned that your choice to follow may have been the wrong one? Are you getting anxious because you seem to have paid much more than you are receiving from the Lord? Do you believe that in saying yes to God, you have lost more than you could gain?
My dear, if you identify with any of those questions, then it is to you that Jesus offers these words’ “Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They’ll get it all back, but multiplied many times’. (vrs 29,30a). Beloved, you cannot follow Jesus and lose out, that outcome is just not on the table.