Read: Mark 10:28-31
There are many people who bargain with God. They say, “Lord, I will follow you if…” “God, I will put you first when…” In Mark 10:28, Peter is telling Jesus that they have left everything to become Jesus’ disciples. Peter may be indirectly asking, “What will we get in return?”
Oswald Chambers said that commitment with some strings attached is not real commitment at all. He said, “We have become so commercialised that we only go to God for something from Him, and not for Himself. If we only give up something to God because we want more back, there is nothing of the Holy Spirit in our abandonment. It is miserable commercial self-interest. That we gain heaven, that we are delivered from sin, that we are made useful to God – these things never enter as considerations into real abandonment, which is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself. Beware of stopping short of abandonment to God, for most of us know abandonment in word only.” What a shocking observation!
There are no exceptions in unconditional surrender. You cannot be totally available to God if… You cannot surrender to God’s will when… You cannot leave all and follow, provided… It does not work that way. Jesus demands absolute commitment and there are no if, when, or provided in a commitment. There are many ways to express your level of commitment to Jesus Christ: “I am not willing to put you first.” “I will put you first if…” “I will put you first, regardless…” On such a commitment scale, where would you think Peter would be? And where would you place yourself?