Another encouragement to serve God in Christ’s service is that blessings are certain. It is not only the greatness of the blessings promised by Jesus that encourages us in his service. Their security encourages us too. The young man turned away from Christ because he was unwilling to part with his possessions, but it is an irony of the story that he turned from possessions that were certain to possessions that were at best uncertain. Maybe he lost those possessions before the year was out. Maybe his gold was stolen. His lands could have been taken. As in the prodigal’s case, his friends could have grown cold and abandoned him.

Moses, you are another of God's choice servants. You forsook Egypt with its pleasures and wealth to obey God in leading a nation of slaves through the desert. You died in the desert. Wouldn't you say that you had made a bad bargain? Moses answers, "A bad bargain? Not at all! It is true that I left Egypt, regarding 'disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt,' but I did so because I was 'looking ahead to [my] reward,' as the author of Hebrews says (Heb. 11:26)..."

Mark 10:29-30 holds a great promise, and it does have to do with earthly relationships and material possessions. At the least, it means that the true follower of Christ will not lack for any good thing ("My cup overflows," Ps. 23:5) and that in normal circumstances a Christian will be blessed with earthly goods abundantly. Personally, I am convinced that Jesus gives us every good that he can possibly give without rendering us unfit for his work or destroying our souls. The reason why many of us do not have more is that the Lord knows that we would misuse it.

In the great collection of unexpected and challenging teachings about discipleship by Jesus there is perhaps nothing so utterly unexpected (particularly after our study of the earlier sayings) as Jesus' words in Mark 10:29-30. All along Jesus had been telling his listeners that in order to be his disciples they must deny themselves and give over everything they possess. But now he says that if they do that they will nevertheless receive a hundred times as much as what was given up, not merely in some future life, which we might expect, but in this very age - though they would have persecutions

Where in this great world in which we live can there be found a place for those who imitate the Lord Jesus Christ and thus, in their own persons, live out the Beatitudes? This is not an easy world. It is a tough, hard, grasping, evil, covetous world. Where can there possibly be a place for those who are poor in spirit, who mourn for sin, who are meek, who hunger and thirst for righteousness (of all things), who are merciful, who are pure in heart, who are peacemakers, who are persecuted for Jesus’ sake? There is only one place. It is the place the "great" of this world assigned Christ. It is the cross.