Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes from faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith Philippians 3:8-9
Love God, love my neighbor as myself.
Forgive seventy times seven.
Sell all I have and give to the poor.
“Come, Follow Me.”
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It’s choppy and uncertain.
Disease of self where comfort is king.
Desires become messiah.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
First things first.
The Lord adds and gives.
I worry and whine.
In His grace, He calls it sacrifice.
Lose to gain.
Faith is more dance than walk.
Close and far.
Dip, spin, twist and turn.
Suffering and sacrifice.
Put down, pick up.
Dying and living.
Things that get in the way of my Savior are loss.
Choose this day who and what I serve.
The timeless invitation remains the same.
“Come, Follow Me and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Am I willing to give up everything to follow or am I more concerned with the things of this world?
Details designed to distract.
Lead me away.
I’m okay, you’re okay.
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33
Renouncing all I have doesn’t mean becoming homeless.
It isn’t doing the “right” things or following rules.
It means there’s nothing I won’t give up or walk away from for Christ – including my house.
A heart consecrated to Him.
My security rests in salvation.
In light of His great love, nothing means more.
Not my husband.
Not financial security or a job.
Not my son, family or home.
It’s all loss for the sake of knowing Him.
Love in action.
His life for mine.
Worship in spirit and truth.
A heart divided cannot stand or serve two masters.
And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let Him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
He said to all.
Take up my cross – the one crafted just for me.
His grace is sufficient.
The wages of sin is death.
The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, my Lord.
Count the cost.
Consider it loss.
Follow and fish.
Father God, Lord Jesus, Forgive me. Forgive me for putting people and things before You. Help me to trust You to provide what I need. Show me anything in my life that keeps me from You. Thank you for loving me. Thank you that Your grace is sufficient – I don’t have to be perfect. I only need to keep seeking and allow You to do Your work in me. Thank you for the people, places and things that bring me ever closer to You. You are faithful, good, trustworthy and true. In Your Precious, Holy Name, Amen.