The Rewards Far Surpass the Cost of the Sacrifice: Mark 10:28-31
“28) Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” 29) Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30) but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31) But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”” Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬-‭31‬
Following Jesus often includes a sacrifice. We leave behind the world’s value system to embrace a kingdom value system. Often the sacrifices seem huge being away from family and living on less for the sake of the gospel.
Such was the case for Peter and the other disciples. They left much to follow Jesus. They were starting to wonder if it was worth it! At some point every child of God on the front lines ponders the cost.
The answer of Jesus was amazing. What you gain in relationship and service of Jesus is 100% greater than anything you give up in a worldly value system. There is no comparison.
Paul may have said it best in Philippians 3:7-11. He found in Christ a surpassing value that made his old life like sewage by comparison. What he gained “in Christ” was immeasurably more than what gave up and left behind.
In his case, he embraced being single and traveling an insane schedule for the sake of Jesus and the gospel. Eventually, it cost him his life.
His reward in knowing Christ and living in the presence of God in the power of the Holy Spirit was a value greater than he could measure in worldly terms. He could not put a price tag on the value of knowing Christ! Yet God gave back much more than the cost of his sacrifice.
I can only imagine his eternal reward! The entrance into the eternal kingdom was abundantly supplied to him. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus! The rewards far surpass the cost of the sacrifice. Eternal life has no price tag!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global
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