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Matthew 19:27-30

A Disciple's Reward

27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Moved by the sorrow of the rich young ruler, who left without obtaining eternal life, and by the statements of Jesus concerning those that trust in riches, Peter questioned Jesus on behalf of the others. Except for Matthew, who gave up a very lucrative tax collector's position, they each had very little material wealth to abandon. They had not sold their possessions nor had they given everything to the poor, but they did walk away from what they had, including their families.

The disciples had followed Jesus out of faith. When He called them, they left everything and asked no questions. Now, they deserved an answer. Jesus was not upset with their question. It was an honest one, which the relationship they had with Him could easily support. "What shall we have therefore?"

These men had stayed with Him through long hard days of work, lengthy journeys, storms at sea, arguments and accusations from the Pharisees and other enemies, and noisy, pushing crowds of people. They had abandoned their jobs, their property, and their families. It was a normal thing for them to want to know what their reward would be.

This should be a model on which to build our relationship with Jesus. We should walk with Him and talk with Him daily. We should have a confidence in our relationship that allows us to speak freely and openly with Him. It is how God wants us to relate to Him. And we must abandon everything that distracts from that relationship and follow Him, not for reward, but for love.

Jesus said that there is a reward for us, a hundredfold what we give up. This was only a way of expressing an enormous reward. Paul wrote, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

Your imagination is not great enough to comprehend what God has for you.

To follow Jesus "in the regeneration" refers to His Second Coming when heaven and earth will be made new. We follow Him to that day of glory. The first shall be last; the rich shall be poor; the proud shall be humbled; and the rulers shall be servants. The last shall be first; the beggars shall have much to give; the persecuted will sit in the judgement seat; and the sick will have power to heal.

How much will you give up for God? Are you seeking a career or a ministry? A minister gives good news and joy and asks nothing in return. A minister is dedicated twenty-four hours a day to winning souls for Christ. A minister cares for people more than for himself. A minister follows Christ on faith and asks questions later. A minister doesn't mind being last, because he trusts Jesus for his rewards.

Before The Throne:

Pray for the faith to be totally committed and that your rewards will be great. Commit yourself to following Him with all that you have. Pray for a relationship like Peter had with Jesus, open, honest, and confident.

For Further Study:

** we have forsaken. Matt 4:20-22; Matt 9:9; Deut 33:9; Mark 1:17-20; Mark 2:14; Mark 10:28; Luke 5:11, 27-28; Luke 14:33; Luke 18:28; Phil 3:8; ** what. Matt 20:10-12; Luke 15:29; 1Cor 1:29; 1Cor 4:7;

(v.28) ** in the regeneration. Isa 65:17; Isa 66:22; Acts 3:21; 2Pet 3:13; Rev 21:5; ** when. Matt 16:27; Matt 25:31; 2Thess 1:7-10; Rev 20:11-15; ** ye also. Matt 20:21; Luke 22:28-30; 1Cor 6:2-3; 2Tim 2:12; Rev 2:26-27; Rev 3:21; ** the twelve. Exod 15:27; Exod 24:4; Exod 28:21; Lev 24:5; Josh 3:12; 1Kgs 18:31; Ezra 6:17; Rev 7:4; Rev 12:1; Rev 21:12-14; Rev 22:2;

(v.29) ** every. Matt 16:25; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30; 1Cor 2:9; ** or brethren. Matt 8:21-22; Matt 10:37-38; Luke 14:26; 2Cor 5:16; Phil 3:8; ** my. Matt 5:11; Matt 10:22; Luke 6:22; John 15:19; Acts 9:16; 1Pet 4:14; 3John 1:7; ** an. Matt 13:8, 23; ** inherit. Matt 19:16; Matt 25:34, 46;

(v.30) ** Matt 8:11-12; Matt 20:16; Matt 21:31-32; Mark 10:31; Luke 7:29-30; Luke 13:30; Luke 18:13-14; Rom 5:20-21; Rom 9:30-33; Gal 5:7; Heb 4:1;


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