There are Things, Habits, People, situations, comforts, Attachments we must give up if we’re to get to the next level God has for us. It’s really the small foxes that spoil the vineyard (Songs of Solomon 2:15) and they are the most difficult to get rid of. But we must lay aside every weight that hinders us (Hebrews 12:1-2).Great mountains, Great heights cannot be climbed with heavy loads. We must cut off everything that Distracts &Brings Death to us (read Mth5:29-30)-Jesus said if even our right hand, eye, anything causes us to sin we must cut it off. Nothing is too great a sacrifice to walk in the Light, victory, depth, glory of our Lord. It May leave us with a limb like Jacob (read Genesis 32:24-32), but its well worth it to walk in the high calling.
At times, the Lord may ask us to give up the things that mean most to us because he sees they have become mini gods for us. They may not be bad things, but our attachment to them may not be healthy, they may be drawing us away from him in one way or the other and causing a distraction in our lives. They may have become weights to us keeping us from advancing and breaking through to the next level.
The Rich young man in Luke 18:18-24 was in such a situation. He kept all the commandments. He was living what any of us would call a pretty righteous life, but Jesus loving him, knew that his wealth and possessions had become a hindrance to him because he could not live without them, he had an unhealthy attachment to his possessions. And Jesus proved this when he asked him to give up all his possessions and give them to the poor and follow him, and the young man walked away sad, choosing to rather be without Jesus than lose his possessions.
Every sacrifice we make to follow God or move higher with God is never really a sacrifice but a chance for life. It may be very painful but Death brings Resurrection into new and abundant life. He’s not trying to take anything from us, but actually GIVE to us more than we can imagine, but the weights must go!
What is keeping you from truly following Jesus and surrendering your all to him? What is it that when you think of giving up, like the rich young ruler you get sad and hesitate to give up for the Lord? Is it a particular friend you know is a hindrance to your walk with God; is it the love of money, is it a comfort zone you’re in? Is it a sin or bad habit? Whatever it is, the Lord is asking for it today for he does not desire you to be enslaved by anything but him. We cannot serve two masters at the same time. Make the sacrifice today and gain him!
“Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely ( so easily entangles us), and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1
“Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”Luke 17:33
There is no resurrection without death!
In His Love,