Last year was a tough one for me. There was a lot of good but in a lot of ways 2019 was a giant test for me………and there were some lessons that I failed miserably and a few where I aced the test. It was a year of facing off with the brokenness inside of me. But 2019 simply led me to where I am today – recognizing my need for God in my life.
Have you ever heard someone say “God will shake all that is shakable so that all you are left with is what is unshakable? Well that sums up this past year.
But what I discovered and what I found I was left with- is Him. Just Him.
And as I face yet another year that’s enough for me.
Other than God – everything else in my life is shakable – jobs (I’ve lost jobs), my marriage, relationships with family, friendships, ministry – it can all disappear in the blink of an eye.
I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself in a place where it felt like God was literally all I had left. And I didn’t like it at first. I wanted security. I wanted comfort. I wanted someone else to tell me I was going to be okay (as though that would make it so).
And what I got instead was more of Him. And it was worth all the pain, all the loneliness, every bit of it.
I’m hoping today to show you why………….to spur something inside of you to want more of what is available to us all as followers of Christ………….
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
In these parables, some of the shortest parables Jesus taught, he teaches us two things:
1. The Kingdom of Heaven is a priceless treasure that is to be valued above all else.
or bank statement you can tell within a matter of minutes what they value above all else. What does your bank account tell about your value system?
2. People who become a part of God’s heavenly Kingdom must be willing to give up everything that could hinder their relationship with God or prevent them from accomplishing his purposes for them.
How many of us are really ready to sacrifice our pleasures, our comforts for Jesus?
He is teaching us that the Kingdom of Heaven is our treasure & it should become our absolute highest priority. We can’t earn our way in. We have to follow Him.
We aren’t talking about a call to poverty or to reject what we have or to deny our God-given gifts and abilities.
What we are talking about is a call to be devoted to Christ
Placed at his service
And under his grace & guidance
To leave our comfort zones and wade out into the big beautiful crazy messy world and BE JESUS
He tells us that the kind of devotion he is looking for isn’t for everyone. I want us to be a people ALL IN for Jesus. Sold out. Devoted. Willing to walk through the fire to claim the prize……………..
Heaven on earth is possible but you have to be all in. God is in a good mood. He longs to pour out the more over you but you have to take a step forward in faith.
Let’s go after the more.
Let’s not be satisfied with the status quo
Let’s give more of ourselves & trust that God is going to meet us there with more of HIM
I don’t want to play at church anymore – I want to be the church
I want the MORE that God has for me and I am going after it in 2020 - Will you join me?