Whether you’re a believer in Jesus for 50 years or 50 minutes, you know this, you’re life HAS to change. The Lord Himself requires nothing less. As a matter of fact, He requires ALL. He gave His all for me and for you. It cost Him everything. You must trade in your old life.
The ladies at Buried Treasures Home where I serve have a term called “couch surfing”. This is what addicts do when they are homeless and going to wherever the drugs are. It’s a hard reality to hear.
As horrible as this is, they tell me an addict has to be ready to change, otherwise they will get pulled back in to this destructive life. They tell me it is vital to remove old places, people and things which supported their lifestyle. That’s not an easy decision. It costs them their old life which at the time seems a risk.
Not all people have such a dramatic choice to make, but it is the same choice, none the less. The decision to follow Christ is a daily one and it also requires choices, some which seem tiny and inconsequential. These may be some of the most important.
Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23
You learn to love the Giver and not just His gifts.
You learn to embrace the narrow road, not just in outward behavior, but in your heart.
At a recent fellowship dinner someone said, “Keep your foot on the narrow road and keep reading your Bible. The wide road may look attractive and have pretty flowers, but if you get too close, the bugs will come out!”
This describes the cost, the narrow road, keeping your eyes on Jesus, the daily walk.
But it’s not an even trade.
No, the Lord Jesus already paid it all. Any sacrifice you make to follow Him is worth it and doesn’t compare to His sacrifice. Not even close.
You get way more from this trade. You get His gifts. Things like:
- a plan for your life
- direction in decisions
- His intervention in your circumstances
- a body of believers become family
- His Word to read and depend on
- His faithfulness to you
and so much more.
So where is your commitment today? Half-hearted is no heart. The Lord demands all because HE gave it all for you. Again, any sacrifice on your part, although He often honors it, is still nothing compared to Who He Is and what He’s done.
It’s not a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s about your heart.
You get far more walking closely with Jesus than walking casually by Him.
There simply is no comparison. It’s not an even trade.
“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9