Luke 18:28 And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.”
One thing we must be careful to avoid is spiritual snobbery. As a new believer, this was one of the behaviors among the brethren I found to be most disturbing. Common social mistakes or unintentional hurtful behaviors were easy to forgive and move on from. But having someone lord their theological prowess or scripture memorization over another new believer is not only discouraging, but downright cruel. Left unchecked, our condescending ways no longer demonstrate spiritual maturity amongst our brothers and sisters in the Lord; instead they exhibit pride and self-righteousness. Neither of which are characteristics Jesus exhibited among the multitudes of believers and non-believers. Certainly if there be anyone with the right to showcase wisdom and spiritual superiority it would be Jesus – God in the flesh. Instead He was found to be gentle, humble, wise and affectionate among the “little ones” or spiritually immature. He was never patronizing or rude.
Here in scripture we see Peter was slipping into spiritual pride believing he and the others who had abandoned all would receive special treatment. Jesus is quick to correct him, pointing out that everyone and anyone who left everything to follow Him would receive a great reward in heaven; not just His disciples. We are also quick to receive His correction. Whether we abandoned all and followed hard after him for all our long years of life or the last few, our reward would be weighed in heaven and not on earth.
Today, may we be reminded of our equality among the brethren; our co-heirs in Christ Jesus. Let us remember to be humble, contrite, and careful not to use our spiritual maturity to hurt or belittle those with growing left to do. Instead, let us encourage each other with psalms and hymns, with thanksgiving and praise, and with gentle exhortation speaking the truth with genuine lowliness, sincere gentleness and His rich, glorious love.
Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.