Some of us have awesome encounters with Jesus, in which we are filled with His power, touched by His glory. And for a time, we bask in this and see how our futures could change. But then we back away. We return to how we were before. In effect, we abort the promises of God in our lives.
Sometimes it’s because we don’t want to pay the price. The cost of laying everything down, the cost of complete submission to His will, seems too great to bear. Yes, we want to surrender to Jesus, but we also still want to hang on to a little bit of independence, to just hold back a little piece of ourselves.
Sometimes it’s because we don’t want to carry something uncomfortable. Deep down we know that reaching out to the poor— for instance— will be painful, discomforting and emotionally costly. So we draw back and hesitate.
The apostle Paul lays the challenge before us, speaking about paying his own price:
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
Philippians 3: 7– 9
But look how Paul speaks about loss and gain. He may have lost everything, but what he had gained outstripped his loss. In fact, Paul was saying the two things can’t really be compared— they are so radically far apart. His gain towers over his loss; it dwarfs it.
I implore you to consider sacrificing everything for Jesus. Take the risk; take the leap of faith. I promise, you will never, ever regret it.
What you will gain by losing everything will overwhelm you for eternity.