From Last To First
“And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life. But many who [now] are first will be last [then], and many who [now] are last will be first [then].”
Matthew 19:29-30 AMPC
Oftentimes when we hear people mention that scripture where Jesus says the last shall be first and the first shall be last, we get excited. We start to think about all the times we felt left out or left behind and we shout out “GLORY!” because Jesus is finally restoring us from that place. We also envision our new life in first place.
We see the new opportunities that we’ll have access to, we see all the locked doors now open to us, and yes, we see our haters hating from the sidelines, a place where their hate has no power. Now don’t get me wrong, this is good. We should have the vision to envision better for ourselves, especially when it is in alignment with what Jesus wants for us. However, context is key.
In the scripture, before Jesus talks to us about our major jump in the line from last to first, He gives a very important and often overlooked stipulation. He says “And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29AMPC). This means that there is major sacrifice and deep discomfort that comes with going from last to first.
Leaving your home and your family in the name of Jesus and submitting yourself to the call He’s placed on your life, is a TALL order. Your choice, in many cases, is going to make you seem like a loser to outsiders, way before anyone is made privy to your wins for the kingdom. No matter how it seems however, it’s important to know the truth.
Last place is where despite the seasons of opposition, and doubt, you continue to forge ahead because you’re certain you heard what Jesus told you to do. Last place is where you wait on Him for days, months, and sometimes even years because you believe that He will keep His promises to you, despite them not yet materializing in the natural realm. In essence, last place is where all of your growth and true transformation take place.
I want to encourage anyone who is following the will of the Lord and struggling with your last place season(s). You are not alone. The resistance and push back you’re experiencing, I’ve been there too. And when you look at the word of God, you see that overcoming opposition is a part of the process toward greatness.
This doesn’t make it easy, but you can rest in the fact that others have made it through and so will you. People often condemn being in last place but within the kingdom of God, you must first go low before you can be raised high. You may be in last place now but remember that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. You’ve got this and God’s got you!
Til’ next time, adieu.