“We have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?”
Jesus had just finished his dialogue with the rich young man, who had returned home sad because he had many possessions that he could not free himself from. After a comment by the Lord about the difficulty for a wealthy person to enter the kingdom of God, Peter asks what his reward will be, since he left everything.
Peter’s question demonstrates how much he had yet to learn about what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. Was he expecting a material reward? Or perhaps he was expecting to earn a high place in heaven. Jesus makes a few things clear in his response:
- The one who shares in the mission of Christ will share in His victory, not like a soldier in this world who is forgotten when the battle is done; no, our Captain will remember those who labor to proclaim the Good News.
- The follower of Christ receives far more than he gives. By Peter laying down his nets and following Jesus, he left behind his livelihood, and followed his heart toward a new relationship with God, a divine relationship.
- Eternal life. The exchange Jesus promises is exceptional. Yet, sometimes while walking the day-to-day journey, we loose sight of this reality of what awaits us.
Let us then follow Christ and not count the cost of our discipleship, knowing that the divine exchange will never disappoint.
May God bless you!