“But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:31
I’m an identical twin. Being a twin is one of the coolest things that could ever happen to a person. It’s like God assigned you a best friend for life. The whole time you’re growing up your twin is there with you. And yes, sometimes this can be a pain in the neck but most of the time it’s great because chances are if you’re looking for something to do so are they and there’s a high likelihood that anything you’re interested in doing they’ll be interested in doing too.
Mixed with the commonalities though is an underlying current of competition. There’s always the question: Which of us is best?
And when it comes to gifts, and clothes and other things you’re given or provided with you’re always comparing what you’ve been given. My parents solved that issue by just giving us the same, or very similar things but not every situation allowed for that and at those times it could become very tricky to avoid the possibility of hurt feelings.
In the verses preceding our focus text, Jesus has promised his disciples that any sacrifices they make for him and the gospel will be rewarded one hundred times in this life and in heaven they’ll receive eternal life. After making this promise Jesus then says, “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” What’s that supposed to mean?
I think what Jesus is saying is, “Don’t compare the blessings God gives you with the blessings he gives someone else.” From a fairness point of view it might not always seem on the level. But here’s the thing. Not everything that’s a blessing for you is a blessing for someone else. God knows the plans he has for you. He also knows the challenges that are coming your way and the blessings he gives will be part of the preparation he provides so that those challenges can be met and so that his plans can come together.
Once again Jesus asks us to trust him. This time he asks us to trust him to match the blessings he gives us to us.