Peter Worries about his Reward

Ed Sharrow
4 min readMar 13, 2022

After months or even years of the day-to-day walk of discipleship, it is common for doubt to creep in. From birth, each person is programmed with expectations. Cry to be fed. Yell to get attention. Learn to walk and receive a shout of joy or a clap. Show up and get a participation trophy. It’s an absurd worship of all things material versus spiritual. For the materialist, idolatry is embedded in every aspect of living.

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Christ Jesus replaced the system of rewarding material effort with a godly perspective on one’s relationship with creation. His teaching is based on the spiritual laws of Love, Faith, Hope and Unity rather than the 613 materialist laws practiced by Jews during his time.

Unfortunately, it seems much easier to follow a material law like “do not commit murder” or “don’t covet (lust after) your neighbor’s wife”, than it is to become an expression of ideal “Love”. A material law requires targeted effort at specific times, while a spiritual law requires changing one’s worldview and behaviors throughout every moment. However, there is also a paradox of sorts taking place. Satisfaction of materialistic goals only leads to boredom, discontentment and to more goals. While leading a life guided by spiritual law produces joy and wisdom and eventually an end to all materialistic desires.

Peter shows why Jesus chose him as the rock of his church whenever he is open and honest with Christ while also remaining loyal and willing to learn. In the following passage, Peter asks Christ what he will get by following in the Lord’s footsteps.

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. — Matthew 19:26–28 ESV

Human language and intellectual understanding is too limited to fully understand the concept Jesus is expressing. Perhaps Jesus could have answered Peter’s question with a question of his own. He might have asked Peter what limitations one who sits on a throne over his own people displays. He might have admonished…