Second Will Be First
What is in it for Me?
Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:28-30
Key Verse: Matthew 19:27
Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
The Apostle Peter was never afraid to say whatever was on his mind. In our scripture for today he blurted out what most of us would be thinking but would hesitate to truly say out loud. Peter said it bluntly: What then will there be for us? In other words: What’s in it for me? He reminded Jesus that he and the other disciples had left everything to follow Him. What would that produce for them?
Jesus didn’t respond with anger or frustration. Jesus, also bluntly, told the truth: Those who live a life of “second” here on earth will receive 100 times as much and will inherit eternal life. Those who strive to be first in this life will eventually be forced back to second. Those who contently live as second will be promoted to first (see Matthew 19:29-30).
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, many times it will feel that you are getting less in this world. Others seem to be getting ahead while you give tithe and offerings to God’s kingdom. Others will be having fun while you are serving the under resourced. This life will be lived as second if you follow the model of Jesus. You serve God which means, in practical terms, serving people. You deny yourself pleasures that others are enjoying, but never forget Jesus’ clear promise: You will receive 100 times more back some day!
Father, I gladly and cheerfully serve you, taking second place to your Lordship of my life. Use me to your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.