“A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.” – Martin Luther
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”Matthew 13:44
In the scripture above, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a treasure. A treasure that a man would sell everything for. Would you sacrifice everything in faith to pursue the one who is worth more than you could ever imagine?
Sacrifice is at the core of who Jesus is and surrender is at the core of sacrifice.
Sacrifice is at the core of who Jesus is, and surrender is at the core of sacrifice. The one who sacrificed everything to give you life has called you to follow his example, to take up your own cross and surrender to death, the kind of death he commands you to die, a death unto yourself, unto your sinful nature. As you continue to die, his gently whispered words breathe life into your bones, reminding you that this pain is not where it ends.
Following Christ costs us something, but the reward is always greater. The challenge of servanthood, if met with a willing heart and open hands, produces fruit sweeter than any other. Through intense and demanding sacrifice, overwhelming beauty is created in your life through Christ. Be willing to stoop low, remembering that he has always stooped lower than you ever will. The more you recklessly abandon yourself to Jesus, the more he promises to reward you, and the truer and deeper your relationship with your creator will be.
Questions & Applications
What does life look like when crucifixion with Christ is fully welcomed and embraced? Are you living that way in every area of your identity? Are you experiencing and enjoying the true freedom Jesus offers on the cross? And are you sharing that effectively with those around you? Do they see these things reflected in you?
Jesus, this life is not mine. Take everything, it’s yours. I give it all to you. Help me to learn the meaning of true surrender as I open my hands & heart to give and receive your grace. I choose to take up my cross daily and die with you, that I may truly live. Thank you for the example of your sacrifice. Amen.