Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
And so the confusion and self doubt continues from yesterday. And now added to it is the promise of persecution. What?
I don't hang onto any hope of heaven, to be honest I am not too worried about heaven - possibly because I have complete faith in it. What I'm most interested in for myself, my loved ones and everyone else is how we can live our lives better and bring heaven onto earth.
What does this passage tell us about that?
Well it seems to say that we can guarantee we will get back what we give up, but that nothing is ever easy. That I know, that I accept and that is what I lean on today.
Jesus I thank you for always being there through the tough times, please be with all those who feel persecuted and alone, let them know your love completely with them. Amen.