GIVING IT ALL UP………….
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:20
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead………..
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:7-14
“I want my life to be like yours,” someone essentially told me. “I want to do what you’re doing,” the person effectively said. “But I don’t know if I want to give up the comfort.”
The person was referring to my being totally sold out and on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ. And to my being on the road for Jesus full-time with my special needs service ministry doggies doing streets ministry and writing and publishing Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books.
Friend, comfort isn’t the only thing I’ve given up for this life of being sold out to Jesus. I’ve given up everything He wants me to give up and remain willing to give up more if He calls me to do so. Jesus, my relationship with Jesus, and serving Jesus are more important to me than anything and anyone on this earth!
I have lost and let go of so much to gain Christ and to live utterly for Him, and I wouldn’t go back for anything in this world to what I lost and had to let go if I had to lose Christ and this life of service to Him to do so. Jesus is my all and all!
For the ever-growing intimate relationship I have with Jesus and the privilege of loving and glorifying God forever and living day in and day out to tell the world about Him are indescribably greater and more rewarding and fulfilling than anything this world could possibly offer. Nothing on this earth compares with Jesus and to belonging to Him forever!
Like the apostle Paul, I am learning to die daily to self and to my selfish wishes, ways, and wants to live for Jesus in a manner pleasing, honoring, and glorying to my Lord! And despite the searing pain of dying to self, there is no greater honor and blessing and reward and privilege than to know and be with and live and breathe for Jesus forevermore!
If you’re holding onto something or someone Jesus wants you to let go for Him and His name’s sake, forsake all for the Lord and the glory of Christ, AMEN!
Nothing on this earth comes close to being an utterly devoted child and servant of Christ everlastingly and being in His holy righteous glorious presence forevermore!