Thoughts from 1 Peter
Today we hear a lot about refugees who have had to leave their homeland because of persecution. This is not a new phenomenon. This was also true in Peter’s day. Moving is hard enough. When you have to pick and choose what to take with you knowing that you will never return and someone else will scavenge through your left behind goods, you might find your heart quivering and the tears flowing. Add to that, others are challenging your decision. You might even begin to have your own questions. How about when Jesus is calling you to be a missionary face-to-face or online with others? How about the fast changing technology that you must learn and you feel unqualified? Take a lesson from Elisha, Peter and Jesus.
Elisha begged Elijah to say goodbye to his family and Elijah answered: Go back. He did eventually follow. Think what might have been if he had followed immediately. But—then we will never know. Peter also asked Jesus:
“Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?”
Jesus reminded those who wanted to follow him that once you put your hand to the plow you better not look back because following HIM is a forever decision that you must consider. You should count the cost just as a builder does when deciding to start a building. Beloved, until we see life through the lens of the eternal we will have Elisha’s and Peter’s perspective. Thus, now having walked the road of one who did choose to follow, Peter encourages the scattered believers as well as you and me in light of what Jesus did.
- He left all behind to live as you facing the temptations you face.
- He left all behind to live among you because your hearts were far from the Father He knew and loved.
- He left all behind so that He could take your sins upon His body that you might be healed.
That would seem to be enough, right? If Jesus could do it we could do it too, right? Yet, like Peter, our minds are still earth bound and we also wonder: Is there is any reward for leaving all behind? There is!
“And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” [Matt 19]
Have you left behind all that is on the earth because you love Jesus more?