Matthew 19:27–30 (NKJV, also appearing in Mark 10:28–30; Luke 18:28–30)
27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
28 So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Peter, as the spokesman of the twelve disciples, asks Jesus what they should expect in return for their sacrificial service to Christ. They had left everything behind to follow Him. Where does this lead us? He promises Peter that they will have positions of authority over the tribes of Israel, and that anything they have given up will be returned to them one hundred times over, and in a life that will be eternal! What a glorious blessing! However, those who are seeking riches, fame, or status in this life will be low in authority and blessing in heaven.
While He may have been speaking about the millennial reign, this could easily be an eschatological prophecy relating to the order of blessing or reward in heaven by extension. Either way, it is crucially important to understand that humility and sacrifice are the key to reward, not necessarily performance or perceived success on earth. Serve, follow, fulfill and God’s blessings will follow. Sacrifice leads to status in the kingdom.