Did you know?
“Never give up!” we’re told. We encourage others to keep going and to never give up because to give up is to lose, to be defeated, to be weak.
But, did you know that there is a “good kind of giving up”?
Listen to these words by Jesus: “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33, NIV). Speaking to many who were following Him, Jesus told them that if they were really serious about being His followers they must give up. Not just something, but everything. According to Jesus, following Him without giving up is impossible.
Our job description as Christians is to know Him and make Him known; to become disciples as well as make disciples. But without give up, this will just be a statement. For it to be a reality giving up is required.
What do we need give up?
The simple answer is… everything! We must give up our rights, ambitions, dreams, families, comfort, careers … we must give up our very selves for Jesus. Sounds impractical? Let me put it another way. It means when it comes to our lives, we are no longer the ones in charge. Jesus is. One pastor put it like this: “When you received Christ as your Saviour you not only made your wisest and best decision; you also made your last decision.” Jesus becomes the Decision Maker in our lives and His will becomes what we prefer and choose.
Ask yourself: Who decides what you will think about, what you’ll say, who and what you’ll love, how you spend your time and your money, what you will watch, listen to or read? In short who decides how you live? Jesus or you?
Following Jesus doesn’t cost much… it costs everything. This is because our salvation didn’t cost God much, it cost Him everything (His life). But the results of giving up for Him are worth it. This you can take to the bank.
Point to Ponder:
There can be only two basic loves: the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness of God.” Augustine