And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. – Matthew 19:29
One day, Peter (considering his own personal sacrifice as a disciple of Jesus), told (or rather reminded) the Lord about everything he had given up to be His follower. From a redeemed perspective, this may seem a little ridiculous, but could it be that sometimes we are just as guilty as Peter in overstating our own “investment?” Isn’t it possible that we may perceive our own sacrifices from an “earthly” rather than “heavenly” perspective?
From heaven, which is to say eternity, all our sacrifices seem small. Our sufferings are truly for a moment, but our rewards are forever. On earth, our sufferings and sacrifices can overwhelm us and cause us to wonder if they are truly necessary. We, like Peter (as he walked to Jesus on the stormy sea and began to focus on the wind and waves), may lose focus and begin to sink in despair.
I do not know what the Savior will ask you to sacrifice in His service, but I am convinced that God will give you the grace to do it … whatever it is.
He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice. – Henry Taylor
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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