Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Matthew 19:27
The least good that is done by the weakest saint will be highly regarded and rewarded. The disciples left a few old boats and torn nets, yet Christ told them that they would sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. They were obscure here, but in that day they shall be kings glorified. They shall outshine the glory of the sun, as the sun now outshines a twinkling star. When Agrippa suffered imprisonment for wishing Gaius emperor, the first thing Gaius did when he received the empire was to give Agrippa a kingdom, and a chain of gold as heavy as the chains of iron that were upon him in prison. Will not Christ richly reward us for all our service for him? Surely he will. He has a king’s heart, as well as a king’s purse. Therefore, be not discouraged, weak Christians, if you meet with hardship from the world, and find reproaches for your services; the Lord will reward you. He will not despise the day of small things (Heb. 6:10). What, O precious soul, are you less able to talk fluently and eloquently for Christ as others? Is your hand weaker than others? The Lord will see your sincere heart and reward you. You will have an everlasting rest from your labour. If your graces are weaker, your temptations also shall be fewer, and your afflictions lighter. This is evident in Scripture: the strongest in grace have been the most tempted, afflicted, and distressed. Abraham excelled in faith, and God tried the strength of his faith to the uttermost. Moses excelled others in meekness and had to deal with a murmuring generation. Job carried the day with patience, and he was exercised with great afflictions. So God, in much wisdom and love, will suit your burdens to your backs. He will fit all your afflictions to your strength.
In this classic devotional, John Calvin urges readers to apply the Christian life in a balanced way to mind, heart, and hand. Rather than focusing on contemplative otherworldliness, the book stresses the importance of a devotedly active Christian life. In style and spirit, this book is much like Augustine’s Confessions, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, or Thomas à Kempis’s Imitation of Christ. However, its intense practicality sets it apart, making it easily accessible for any reader seeking to carry out Christian values in everyday life. Chapter themes include obedience, self-denial, the significance of the cross, and how we should live our lives today.