We can all think of an instance where we decided to just give up. We got frustrated, maybe we got distracted, or perhaps the task we were trying to accomplish got moved down the list due to life’s circumstances. Either way, we just gave up! Consider this however, maybe giving up isn’t a bad thing. Maybe the very thing we decide to walk away from will place us on the path to something better or maybe Someone better.
In Matthew 19 (and throughout the Gospels), we see how the disciples have given up everything to follow Christ: “Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” Matthew 19:27
The disciples just gave up-their families, their worldly possessions, their fleshly desires-to follow Jesus. What will we forsake for His sake?
We serve a merciful and kind God, who knows that our children and spouses and families are the desires of our hearts. Perhaps He isn’t asking us to abandon them to follow Him, but He is asking that we abandon control and pride to follow Him. He is asking us to forsake ourselves for His sake. He is asking us to serve and care for our families from a surrendered place as oppose to a position of control.
Will you go even if your family does not? Will you renounce the Lord if your sister or your mother does? Are we willing to forsake for His sake? Are we willing to give it all up for Him: the satisfaction of our flesh, the perks of that promotion, that 20 year friendship?
The reward that awaits is so much greater than anything we can ever give up:
Peace and Blessings