Let us be honest with ourselves. Through our journey of life, how often, while thinking about making a decision, have the thoughts, “what’s in it for me” played a large role in the decision? That is what I heard in today’s Gospel from Matthew 19:23-30 when Peter said to Jesus … “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?”
Jesus just told Peter and His disciples that it is hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven that it was impossible for men but for God, all things are possible. So like many of us in our human nature, Peter wants to make sure that God knows he and all the disciples are not rich and have given up jobs, family and all ties to the world, to follow Him.
What say ye Jesus? “When the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
My conclusion would be that it is worth giving up “everything” for Jesus. We all must discern what “everything” is in each of our lives that hinder us from following Jesus completely. Then, we must be willing to give “everything” up to inherit eternal life.