“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or gather 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.”
Mark 10:29-31

Did you ever doubt God? Did it ever cross your mind to think: “Is it He really worth it?” Jesus’ disciples doubted Him, too.

A rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked how to be saved, and Jesus said that He needed to sell everything he had, give it to the poor and then follow Him. The rich young ruler walked away sad because he had great wealth. Jesus then said “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” Because of this statement, the disciples were all astonished.

They were astonished because it contradicted what the Pharisees had been teaching – that the rich are rich because of God’s blessing as a result of their righteousness. After hearing what Jesus said, the disciples who came from humble means wondered: “What about us? If it is difficult for the rich who are more righteous than us to enter the Kingdom of God, how about us who have nothing?” That’s why they asked, “Who then can be saved?

And then Jesus replied, “With man this is impossible, but with God; all things are possible.” To which Peter replied, “We have left everything to follow you!

Does that ever cross your mind? That you gave up your dreams, your personal happiness for the cost of following and obeying Christ, but doubts come because of your momentary difficulties that are difficult to comprehend?  The disciples felt the same way, too. What the Pharisees taught was very different to what Jesus taught, which caused them to doubt.

Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or gather 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.

We know the ending. These disciples died for the cause of Jesus because they know and have experienced Jesus’ promises fulfilled in their lives.

The next time you doubt God’s grace and goodness, look back and see how faithful He has been along the way. Remember His promises and all those times when He did not forsake you.  Hold on to your faith in Him because He’s faithful. Let that promise resonate in your heart and soul.