Closer and Closer Each Day

27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19:27-30

The disciples were worried they wouldn’t be able to survive because they had no money.

Jesus had obviously been talking about spiritual matters, whereas the disciples were looking at material matters.

He calmed their nerves by stating that the rewards for sacrificing it all would be reimbursed at least a hundred fold.

We have moments of doubt like that, don’t we?

We see the wicked prospering while our brothers and sisters in Christ are throne in jail and tortured.

Or you’ve been outspoken in your faith and have been passed over for that promotion.

Of course it isn’t fair; it never is.

Jesus Himself pretty much said the same thing throughout the New Testament.

So discouragement and sadness is normal when we look at temporal things. There is a lot in life that can discourage you.

In fact, if you follow politics and world events, you might even get downright depressed. This place is a mess and it doesn’t look like it’s getting better any time soon!

But God has been preparing a place for those who follow Him.

You will be rewarded for persevering and standing firm.

Keep fighting the good faith, Brothers and Sisters.

Look heavenwards often.

Your redemption is nearer today than it was yesterday.

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