And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
Human beings have a tendency to accumulate things and very few are able to drop what they have. When we are following Christ, mostly we’re reluctant to leave behind our house, our family or our land. There are very few who dare to leave their safety zone by walking behind the King of kings and Lord of lords. In Matthew 19:29, the Lord makes a beautiful promise for the brave who decide to leave everything to follow: shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
The most faithful example of the Lord’s promise in Matthew 19:29 is the apostle Paul. Before having his personal encounter with Jesus Christ, Saul of Tarsus was a furious Pharisee who was dedicated in body and soul to persecute Christians. In Acts 8:1-3 we read: Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
The personal encounter with Jesus Christ Saul of Tarsus occurred while he persisted in persecuting Christians. Acts 9:1-4 narrates this encounter: Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
After his conversion, Saul of Tarsus became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. He left his family, his property and his land by the name of Christ. In 4 trips, Paul toured the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including territories of the present states of Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Italy. In his travels, the apostle Paul made many established churches to which he wrote his epistles.
Certainly, of all that Paul left behind by the name of Jesus Christ in this world, he received a hundredfold. And even though Paul had no children in the flesh because he did not marry to serve the Lord, the Bible speaks of his spiritual children, including Timothy (1 Timothy 1:2), Titus (Titus 1:4) and Onesimus (Philemon 1:10). Paul left his house; but received a hundredfold as he was received by hosts on their travels, including Gaius (Romans 16:23). Paul also received a hundredfold more brothers, among which are: Quartus (Romans 16:23) Apollos (1 Corinthians 16:12) and Tychicus (Ephesians 6:21).
No matter what we leave to follow Jesus Christ, His promise is faithful and true and that includes getting a hundredfold more in this time and the beautiful inheritance of eternal life. Paul and all the apostles received it; the true servants of God of all times have received, and if you do so you will receive. God’s promises are guaranteed. God bless you.