Yesterday evening, I was in a store getting some snacks, and the guy in front of me was wearing an odd shirt. It had the quote “Sacrifice nothing” written on the back, and it immediately had me thinking about how we must sacrifice everything to follow Christ. Our society lives in a selfish world where it can have anything it wants and not have to face consequences, which is wrong. If you want to follow Christ, you must be willing to give up everything, and that means everything.
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33
If we are not willing to sacrifice all that we have, then we cannot be a disciple of Christ. We must make Jesus our God and not the things that the earth may offer. Who wouldn’t give up everything for Christ? Jesus will take care of us, He will not forsake us, He will make sure we have refuge and strength, so who cares what happens when we are here on earth.
Look at Job. Job lost everything, yet He still remained faithful in Christ! We should all aspire to be like Job who continues to praise God through tragedy instead of blaming Him for the things that have happened! When we are willing to give up everything we have, we will not moved when those things are taken away, for we will have put all of our trust in Christ!
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” Matthew 6:25-34
The main reason why people are afraid to trust God is due to the unknown. Some of the excuses are “What will I eat” or “What will I drink,” but like Jesus said in Matthew, we must have faith in Christ! He feeds the birds and clothes the grass, so surely He will clothe and feed us! We have a great importance to God, so He will make sure we are taken care of.
When we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will add those things us, so we must not worry about the days to come or the months to come, for Christ is already there and He has already made a way, but we must have faith; however, many people are afraid to have faith, which is what makes it hard to renounce what we have.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Everyone knows Jeremiah 29:11, so why do some Christians have very little faith in Jesus? Jesus says that He will not lead us into disaster, yet so many people are afraid to give everything for Him. Our walk with Christ is hindered and is at a standstill when we are not willing to sacrifice everything for him.
Therefore, to fully follow Christ, you must be willing to deny everything! When you do, you place your entire trust into His hands! We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, with all of our souls, with all of our minds, and with all of our strength, but if we aren’t willing to do that, then we cannot have a relationship with Him. If Jesus can defeat the grave, He can make sure that our needs are met, so why be afraid to let go when you have a Savior who has already won the battle against the world?