The Rich and the Kingdom of God pt 5
27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[e] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
In contrast to the rich young ruler, the disciples did leave all to follow Jesus – so what would be their reward? Jesus tells of special honor for the disciples: you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. The disciples will have a special role in the future judgment, probably in the sense of administration in the millennial Kingdom.
Matthew Poole described some of the ways we get our hundredfold:
Joy in the Holy Ghost, peace of conscience, the sense of God’s love.
Contentment. They shall have a contented frame of mind.
God will stir up the hearts of others to supply their wants, and that supply shall be sweeter to them than their abundance was.
God sometimes repays them in this life, as he restored Job after his trial to greater riches.
Why are these incentives sometimes not enough to move us to sacrifice for God?