This is may seem like an extreme statement but if you think about it, it’s true.
We have to be willing to give up everything we hold onto, including our biggest and greatest possession.
This thought is deeper than my writing, so if you are able to try to read between the lines and think about this in your own life, please do so.
Have you ever seen that image where the little girl is holding a little teddy bear and Jesus is asking her to give it to him, and in return he has a massive teddy bear behind his back? But she can’t see it so she’s afraid of giving it up. But if she is willing to get rid of it, in return she will have something much better.
I know that I have not lived a long time, or been in a married relationship, but I have noticed something about my relationship with Luke that has taught me so much.
It wasn’t until recently that Luke and I had to experience what it was to almost lose everything. In order to know one another, and love each other on a deeper level, we had to be willing to risk everything we had.
It is terrifying. It can at times hurt. Being willing to give up everything, and at times actually having to give up what you have in order to experience a deeper love and understanding.
Jesus calls us to give him everything we have. Many of us are fearful of giving him everything because we are not sure what will be returned.
A lot of us give so much of ourselves in hopes that it will bring a return that is satisfying, when in reality we have to be willing to sacrifice it all to fully understand His sacrifice for us.
To be fully known and fully loved is a desire in the human heart.
We have to be willing to give Jesus our flaws, our pains, our desires, our treasures, and everything.
Jesus sacrificed for us, but we are slow to sacrifice for him.
This is a challenge to myself to think about the one thing I am fearful of sacrificing.
We all have or will have a season or day where we give an ultimatum to God, a threat that if something else happens we will not do something, or give something to Him, or some may say we will not follow Him.
Have you ever said something like that out loud? I have at one point in my 22 years of living, and that is the moment I realized my hearts position.
I threatened God once. My life felt as if it was falling a part, and I said “you can have everything you’ve taken already but if you take one of my loved ones I can not follow you.”
My heart was not aligning with God’s and I should have known that God owes me nothing, but I owe Him everything.
That night after my big threat, I was lying in bed when I felt a peace and a whisper “I am not taking from you, I am giving you this.” Giving me what? I was confused how this was a gift, but what I have learned is that Jesus does comfort, and He brings me peace.
I may not fully understand what He is giving me, but what I have learned from giving Him everything and allowing Him to fully take over, I have only gained.
I am so thankful our God is gracious, all knowing, a perfect judge and the most sacrificial.
That ultimatum we have needs to turn into what we ought to be willing to sacrifice. It sounds scary, and it is scary. But can we not trust the very one that created us? He has a far greater understanding of eternity than we will ever have.
Being willing to sacrifice does not mean you will lose everything, it just means getting your heart to a place where you are more in love with God than you are your circumstances. And a lot of the times, when we are willing to give everything we have to Him, as our hearts align with His we realize we have been over prioritizing something that needs to be let go of.
Sometimes our ultimatum is a threat of not wanting to lose our loved ones, family members, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, our health, our money, etc.
I often think about Abraham’s sacrifice. God asked Him to make a sacrifice. What was he willing to give God? His greatest treasure. His beloved son.
It’s terrifying. It doesn’t make sense. But the one thing He loves the most, he has to be willing to risk everything to be fully known and to be loved.
God then blesses Him because He saw his Heart.
The fear of God is a reverence to Him.
We have to be willing to sacrifice, some may have to actually sacrifice, but in return you will be fully known, and be fully loved.
Thank you for reading,