28 Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”
29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, 30 will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”
I don’t blame Peter for feeling inadequate. Jesus has just told the rich young ruler to give up all his money and said it’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. I’ve heard many sermons try to explain away Jesus’ words, but the bottom line is that I think we would all find ourselves responding as Peter does: “God, I can’t live up to that standard, but look! I managed to do this one thing!” I am encouraged by Jesus’ response, as I hope you are. God knows our hearts because He made them. He asks us to follow Him. He asks us to listen. He asks us to put Him ahead of everything else. He knows we will fall short. That’s why He died for us. Our job is to keep clinging to Him, through everything, including all our failures. Blessings will abound– “many times over in this life” and we will have “eternal life in the world to come.” Once we start to see what “life” truly means, we will settle for nothing less.