Following Jesus Has Its Advantages

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 10:28-31

See, we have left everything and followed you. (v. 28)

Previously, we have just seen a young man unable to follow Jesus. He simply could not separate himself from his money. Money was more important to him than Jesus.

Now Peter, having seen this, wants to make sure that Jesus is aware of the sacrifice that he and the other disciples have made. So Peter says to Jesus, “See, we have left everything and followed you” (v. 28). In other words, “Look, Lord, we have done what that other guy couldn’t. We have sacrificed all we have to follow you.”

Peter obviously wants some affirmation. He too wants to hear the words, “Good job! Well done!” And Jesus, in his own way actually gives him that: “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life” (vv. 29-30).

Jesus wanted committed followers and was gratified to have the disciples learn from him. But, if you look carefully, there is a warning for Peter and company. Besides the blessings, Jesus also adds the word “persecution.” Following Jesus will definitely have its challenges, and things may not always turn out quite like we expect (see v. 31). But clearly the blessings far outweigh the challenges. —John Koedyker

As you pray, commit yourself to being the Lord’s faithful follower.