REWARDS OF COMMITMENT
Jesus challenged the rich young man in Mark 10 -- “looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me”” (10:21). Did this young man not hear what Jesus said about that “you will have treasure in heaven.” Like so many, we only want the rewards here and now. This was the challenge Jesus put to the crowds in the beginning of His ministry; “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
The saying in Mark 10 troubled the disciples so that they wondered if it was even possible to enter the kingdom. “Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life” (10:28–30).
When we look at the “Big Picture” of the disciples and what God was going to do through them, the momentary sacrifice was nothing compared to the eternal rewards in souls saved and strong churches planted that would reproduce themselves. As soon as the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, sacrificing and having nothing was no problem because they had everything in Christ. The reward is both now and eternal (See 2 Timothy 4:7-8).
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