How do you take common working-class young people and make them true Christlike leaders? How do you take people who live for all kinds of selfish reasons and mold them into sacrificial leaders? How do you take people who only know how to use financial, positional or social power to accomplish their purposes and turn them into people who use the power of being a servant? How do you take people who live by religious activity and obligations and turn them into people who live for Jesus? How do you take people bound by the perspective of the here and now and make them into world-changing people who live with the end in mind?
How? Jesus shows us how.
Most of us live as though this life is all there is. Yes, heaven is in our future, but is that all there is? Jesus focused the twelve on realities of the future and the fact that they will be evaluated and rewarded. Jesus taught that rewards are a significant motivation.
Esteem and accolades are rewards for those who practice their righteousness to be noticed by people. Those who seek this reward have no reward from the Father (Matt. 6:1). Leaders, financial givers, and prayers who live to be honored by others have their reward in full in this life. But those who know that the Father sees what is done in secret operate differently. They lead, live, give, and pray with the end in mind, knowing that One really knows what is going on in their hearts.