Today, I’d invite you to survey your losses, but do so as you sit among the disciples. Go ahead and look over at someone who has gathered up great treasure in this world decides to turn and walk away from Jesus. Now, listen as Jesus uses this as a teachable moment. Notice the love in Jesus’s eyes for this one as she walks away (Mark 10:21). Also notice the sadness on her face (Matthew 19:22) as she turns back to the only security she has ever known.
Now search Jesus’s face as he says to you, “Many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Matt. 19:30).
Here’s the reality. Jesus doesn’t want anyone to walk away sad, but nor does he force anyone to follow him. And those who have chosen to follow him instead of chasing after the world? He wants for us to remember that our true treasure is locked up safe. There is no loss in the kingdom!
Really, what Jesus invites us to is a new perspective. He wants us to have eyes see things the way they really are. He wanted this so badly that he came to show us, himself, by living a life before our very eyes according to the kingdom’s last-will-be-first mindset.
So if you’re experiencing loss today, dear follower, don’t grieve as one who has no hope. Instead of losing heart or trembling at the future, remember the words of our Lord when he said: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).