Matthew 19:27-30
Then Peter replied to him, “Look, we’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get out of it?” Jesus said to them, “I can guarantee this truth: When the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the world to come, you, my followers, will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who gave up homes, brothers or sisters, father, mother, children, or fields because of my name will receive a hundred times more and will inherit eternal life. However, many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Give up everything and pick up your cross.* Wear a yoke.** Be last. Be a slave to all.*** These are the things Jesus demands of us. But what’s in it for me? That is what Peter wanted to know. And, if we are honest with ourselves, it is something that we all wasn’t to know. We weigh the reward against the duty.

If you were looking for job, would you answer an advertisement that read, “Looking for workers willing to relocate to unknown areas, do back breaking labor, and face certain death for absolutely no wages or benifits”? No, of course not! If we do the task, we expect the pay.

So what are we promised for payment? (You) will receiv a hundred times more and will inherit eternal life. One hundred to onesounds like an excellent deal. Honestly, out you knew for an absolute fact that every dollar you gave would come back as a hundred dollar bill, shouldn’t you sell your car, your home and everything you own, take the money, and give it all to receive one hundred times more? You would be foolish not to do so.

Now, what would you give to have an unending life in the living presence of the creator of everything? Would it be worth a few minutes of daily bible study or a donation of time and/or resources to help someone in need?

Having gained one hundred fold and eternal life, is there a reason (acceptable to God) that you wouldn’t share this blessing with everyone one you meet?

What’s in it for me is the same as what’s in it for you and everyone.

*Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.

**Matthew 11:29
Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves.

***Mark 9:35
He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, “Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else.”

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