All or Nothing
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:21-22 ESV)
We recently had an interesting call when a friend phoned to ask us how much cash it takes to retire at fifty.
Now, I’m not going to lie. It got us to thinking. We would love to be able to do ministry full time and would be willing to let go of many comforts in order to do so. With this question whirling in our heads, we began to quiz each other.
Would you be willing to . . .
- Give up fancy coffee treats?
- Become a one car family?
- Give up yearly vacations?
- Sell our home, downsize, and rent a basement suite?
- Give up everything?
We did okay on the first few, but as we worked our way down the list . . . it forced us to search our hearts.
Should we? Could we? Would we?
We knew that we weren’t as ready as we thought to follow Him the Way He wants us to. We know it’s not about actually giving up everything, but being willing to do so.
Father, everything we have comes from Your generous hand. Help us to keep our hands open and willing to give up anything and even everything if You call us to. Make our hearts free from the love of money and stuff, and open to receive all the blessings of obedience. Because to obey is better than sacrifice. In Your name, Amen.