Is Jesus a Good Deal?
The Jesus we see in scriptures is sometimes not the Jesus we see portrayed today. He called people to repentance, to righteousness, to relationship, and all the while provided forgiveness, wholeness, and healing.
We often think we’ll fit Jesus into our lives or that maybe we should work Him in a little more. The reality is, Jesus is calling us to fit into His life.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. –Galatians 2:20
Stop kidding yourself. There is a price to follow and you have to make some major trade-offs. You don’t get your way and you can’t live in selfishness, going any which way you feel like. Your time, your relationships, your coming and your going–it’s not governed by your preferences or level of comfort.
So when does it end? Won’t He let up when we’ve done enough or given up enough?
Absolutely not. It ends when we look exactly like Jesus.
Here’s how missionary to Uganda, Katie Davis, put it:
As Katie described in detail, some days that is incredibly hard. You miss family, friends, and comforts. You wish you could just be “normal” for a while and do what you want.
Once you’re in God’s will and expressing the destiny you were created for, it’s hard to be satisfied with anything less. You understand that the Father is leading you perfectly, that the uncomfortable leads to a beautiful place of surrender and joy. Lives are touched and changed by the smallest act of obedience.
And that’s when perspective really sets in. I may be a little uncomfortable with where He has me or what He asked me to do, but it’s nothing compared to what He paid for me. Besides that, I see where He’s taking me (at least in part) and it takes my breath away.
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison… –2 Corinthians 4:17
Jesus is not a bargain basement find. Many have tried, and there is no way to rob God. There is no way we can get all of His life and victory without making the trade: my everything for His. That may not seem like a steep price, but you’ll reevaluate it often. Those who endure and grow in the relationship will be blessed beyond measure.
I look at the “big” things I’ve given up to follow Him and I marvel at His grace through it all.
- I told God He had to show me whom to marry. He didn’t pick the one I picked.
- I didn’t get to choose where to live and serve.
- I didn’t get to build my family in the “normal” way because of infertility
- He told me to quit my nice job and work full-time in ministry
All these things I have struggled with in different ways and at different times, but I can boldly say that following His voice in obedience is the best things I’ve ever done. I’m so thankful for the incredible blessings He has led me into.
How about you? Have you made trade-offs? What’s been the biggest one and how did it turn out?
This is part of our book club discussion on Week 19 of Kisses from Katie (disclosure) by Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.