We often hold tightest to the things that God desperately wants us to give to Him; our comfort, status, routine, stability and so many other things.
Lose Your Life to Find It
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.“– Luke 9:23-24 (ESV)
If you have been around the church, you probably have heard this verse a few times. You might have been asked, “How can you deny yourself in this next season to follow the Lord more closely?” This question usually gets a response of giving up addictions, luxuries, money, relationships, selfish goals or ambitions, etc., but how many times do you think those responses are acted upon?
How many people ACTUALLY deny their desires, wants, ambitions, luxuries, and comforts to pick up Jesus’ cross to follow Him?
The verse says we need to lose our lives for the Lord’s sake in order to find it. That doesn’t sound really sound like what an average person would wake up desiring, BUT that is exactly what the Lord is calling each and every one of us to.
What would it look like for you to lose your life? What would it look like to take an inventory of your life and all of the things you value and hold close to your heart, and then with an open palm give them all to God?
Could you do that?
In processing our move to Seattle, the Lord used a passage in Luke to clearly affirm us to say “YES” in giving up all of our security and stability and take this leap of faith in moving:
Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” – Luke 18:28-30 NIV
Jesus is telling the disciples when they give up everything for the sake of following Him they will not regret their decision because NOT ONLY will they get back what they sacrificed many times over BUT ALSO the gift of eternal life. AND THAT is what makes it all worth it.
Nothing in this world will satisfy you- no job, relationship, car, toy, home, vacation. The only way to find true contentment, joy, and satisfaction is by living a surrendered life to the Lord knowing that what you do each day is for His glory because you understand that Earth really is only our temporary home.
What Do You Need To Sacrifice?
So what is it that the Lord calling you to sacrifice, to deny yourself of, to give up for the sake of the Kingdom?
If you already know what the answer is to that question then what is holding you back? Do it!
If you feel like you already live a surrendered life, then keep it up! Just make sure you are talking and praying with the Lord the whole time.
If you don’t know what it is that you might need to give up but feel like there is something, get on your knees and ask the Lord. If you come humbly to Him He will reveal to you all that you ask.
Ladies, you may think you have the “perfect plan” all lined up in your heads from college, to career, to relationship goals, and such but let me encourage you to give it ALL up to the Lord. His plan is infinitely more incredible than the one you make up for yourself ever will be.
What We Are Sacrificing
So as we make our move to Seattle, we are all giving up a lot. We are giving up jobs and regular paychecks, leaving family and friends behind, saying goodbye to our routines and comforts, and welcoming in a lot of unknowns but we do this joyfully as we know we are doing it for the Lord! That doesn’t mean it is going to be easy or straight forward or comfortable, but we know that whatever happens the Lord will be with us the whole time, and THAT is the life that we all want to live.