On last night we watched this movie called Courageous and there was a man named Javier who, throughout the movie, had his faith in God tested yet he never wavered. Now, one part of the movie he had finally gotten a decent job to support his family and after being there a month, his boss called him into the office to offer him a manager position with more duties but better pay. However, there was a catch. He wanted Javier to receive a shipment of 17 crates but wanted him to say that only 16 came in. Well, he went home and talked to his wife who he told he just couldn’t do it because his faith wouldn’t allow him too. She cried at the thought of him losing his job and them being hungry again but then she said God will take care of us. The next morning he went into his boss’ office and when he asked what his decision was Javier told him that he just couldn’t do it. When he asked why, he simply replied because it is wrong and will dishonor my God and my family. Afterwards he bowed his head because he knew he would lose his job but his boss stood up and held out his hands and said, “Javier, you have given me the right answer because this was a test and you passed. See, I’ve been looking for someone to manage this area and truthfully you were the last one on my list but I need someone I can trust and I now know that it’s you. Would you accept this offer?”
Isn’t that amazing? See, it made me think about God’s promise in Mark 10:31 which reads, “But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” See, in Mark 10:28, Peter said to Jesus that they had given up everything to follow Him. And Jesus simply replied in Mark 10:29-30, “Yes, and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property–along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.”
Now, get this … in choosing God, you lose so-called friends, some family and even some material things but if you hold on; you get it all back greater than it was before but in your getting, you also get a little hell on your back but hold on. You may get pushed to the back of the line but that’s alright because the last shall be first. You may be the last one on the list but that’s ok because the last shall be first. You may get knocked down and be the last one to get up but baby that’s alright too because the last shall be first. You may even get tested with some things that make you want to throw in the towel but hold on because the last shall be first. So, don’t worry about always being the first to get this, the first to try that, the first to go there and the first to finish because God isn’t really concerned about the starters because most of them drop out anyway but He rewards those who endure until the end. Don’t believe me, then read His word for yourself because it’s in there.