What are you willing to give up for the Lord?

Would you rather lose everything and remain in the presence and purpose of the Lord or hold on to some things and be out of the will of God?

A friend recently went through an ordeal. She had lost something valuable and it shook her faith a little. The questions below was part of her Facebook status.

“Now I ask you – what is the lesson you’re to learn? How does ones Faith in the Lord get back which was stolen? HOW? Can you tell me because I sure as heck don’t know ANYMORE?”

Too often when we lose something of value our first thought is – can I get this back? Can I continue believing in this God to return or replace what was lost or stolen? Should I continue this walk of faith or just hang it up? If he loved me at all, this wouldn’t have happened to me?

These questions are valid and are often asked out of pain, confusion and most times our unwillingness to see or hear what the Lord is trying to tell us. Why can’t we see or hear it? Simply because we choose not to. The answer sometimes may be right in front of us but we refuse to admit it.

Could it be that the Lord knows what’s good for us and what’s not?

Could it be that He has been trying to get our attention but we continue to walk on in ignorance?

Could it be that the only way to get our attention was to get rid of the distraction?

Could it be that we only listen and obey the Lord when it pleases us?

Could it be that we only follow after Him when it’s of benefit to us?

Could it be that He wants our whole heart and attention and not portions of it?

We seem to think that Jesus Christ is an ATM machine that we can go to only when we need to withdraw and then continue to please ourselves as we walk on in ignorance and disobedience.

The question to ask is not “Can the Lord replace or restore what was stolen?” But rather–

What are you willing to give up for the Lord?

What are you willing to lose?

How far are you willing to go for the Lord?

Are you willing to sever relationships for Him?

Are you willing to drop everything when He calls and walk in obedience even when you don’t understand or agree with it?

Are you willing to seek after His kingdom and His righteousness wholeheartedly and lay aside your immediate needs?

I have a big family and often pray for a suitable vehicle to cater for our traveling needs. This is what I would normally tell the Lord

“Lord, I need a big four wheel drive (SUV). I have a big family so it only makes sense that we get a big vehicle. I know that you can provide it for me and that you will. You said delight yourself in the Lord and you will give me the desires of my heart and this is a desire of my heart.

But Lord, if you know that I may become pompous and arrogant when I get it, then don’t give it to me.

If you know that I’ll drive around like a high shot showing off and enjoying the admiration from people, then please don’t give it me.

If you know that it will interfere with our relationship because my heart may become filled with pride and I may forget you, then I don’t want it. Give it someone else. Someone who needs it more than me.”

Jesus said in Luke 14:26-33 that we count the cost if we are to become His disciples.

25“Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:

26If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.

27And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,

30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?

32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

33In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”

Again I ask –

What are you willing to give up for the Lord?

What’s taking His place in your life?

The Lord’s been calling you for some time now.

He’s been trying to get your attention amidst all the distractions in your life.

He longs for all of your heart and not fragments of it.

He wants to show you the wonders of His love on a whole new level.

He wants you to mature and walk in the full measure of Christ.

He wants you to discover and fulfill His calling in your life.

Will you repent today, ask Him to forgive you for pushing Him to the back seat and give Him your all?

The choice is yours.

I can only pray that you do.

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