There is nothing in the universe more important than the Lord Jesus Christ and our love for and obedience to Him, and no matter what or whom He calls us to forsake in believing in and following Him, we need to be faithful and honor Him and let go. We need to be wiling to give up anything or anyone He calls us to give up. We need to be willing to leave anything or anyone He calls us to leave behind. We need to be willing to sacrifice anything, absolutely anything, for Him, according to His will for us.
The Lord has called me to forsake much in my life and ministry, and one thing I don’t hear people talk about much if at all is the sacrifice of our time. In my life being on the road for Jesus full-time, the Lord has made clear He wants me to be available to Him continually both for fellowship with Him as I love, praise, pray to Him, and worship Him and as He loves me, teaches me, directs me, refines me, prepares me, corrects me, trains me, grows me, and transforms me. And to be totally available to Him for my ministry work on the streets and in writing, publishing, and doing video devotionals. He wants me available to the maximum degree to help people find and follow Him.
I don’t have a social life, entertainment life, take long luxurious vacations, have numerous hobbies and lots of time-consuming pleasures. He has me in much solitude despite my love of people and relationships. He does not have me married with children. He does not have me pursuing earthly treasures. I am available to Him 24-7. My time is wholly His. At any time of day or night, if He wants me to spend time in His presence or He calls me to write, to do a Video Devotional, to share the Gospel with someone, to pray for someone, to minister to someone, to move to my next location being on the road for Jesus full-time, to help one of my handicapped ministry dogs, whatever it is He desires, my time is fully consecrated to Him. This comes with a high cost to the flesh and can be hard sometimes in all that He calls me to forsake including in the way of time, but oh how beautiful and humbling it is to be so fully His, to forsake all for the Lord, time included.
Give the Lord your heart, friend. Give the Lord your life. Give the Lord your time. Let Him do with it whatever He desires. Make the sacrifice. Let Him choose what you do with it. Forsake all for Jesus. Time included. No matter what He wants you to do with the time on this earth He gives you, do it. Love Him. Obey Him. Today. And always.
Father God, help us to forsake all for you. Lord, it can be so incredibly hard to give up everything for you. In this day and age, Lord, sacrificing our time can be so hugely challenging. But Lord, I pray that you would help us to make this sacrifice and any sacrifice you call us to make for you. You made the greatest sacrifice of all for us when you died on the cross and were raised from the dead. What a tiny sacrifice you ask us to make in comparison, dear Father. Help us to make it. Amen!
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33