The Cost: Matthew 19:27-30
“27) Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” 28) And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29) And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30) But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.” Matthew‬ ‭19‬:‭27‬-‭30‬
There is a cost involved in following Jesus, especially for those involved in Christian service. Some leave family, friends, homes, businesses and dreams for the sake of the gospel. Each of the twelve apostles left much to follow Jesus. But it is impossible to out give God. He has amazing rewards for His faithful followers.
For the twelve apostles who left everything to follow Jesus, they have a special place in the Regeneration. They will rule and reign with Christ in His kingdom. They are the first fruits. But any who have sacrificed for the gospel will be rewarded.
When we get to heaven, there will be many surprises. Some who are famous and well know here will be obscure. Many who are obscure and unknown here will be held in honor and high regard in the kingdom. Many who we think are first will be last. Many who we think are last will be first. Don’t strive to be famous, strive to be faithful!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global