The rich young ruler went away sad because he was very rich. How would answer Jesus if He asked you to give everything away? (Mark 10:17-22)
1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. NIV
21 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold [to separate the impurities of the metal],
And each is tested by the praise [life] given to him [and his response to it, whether humble or proud]. AMP
Dying to self and living for Christ (with Christ) means that whatever I enjoy, whatever I like, even what I value is secondary to what Christ asks of me. In other words, if Christ asks me to not watch a particular tv show again, I won’t; if Christ asks me to give up certain foods or drink, I will; if Christ asks me to give away anything I own, I will. He sets my values, changes my preferences, and transforms that which gives me joy. It’s what being conformed to the image of Christ is all about.
I have several favorite verses that remind me of my priority. Here they are:
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29
18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18
19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, Galatians 4:19
9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:9-10
17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because in this world we are like Jesus. 1 John 4:17
If these verses are true, then every moment I live is subject to the Master’s hand. Am I really willing to give up my life as I know it if He asks me to? Can I give up Sci-Fy and video games, ice cream and cokes? Can I really give my stuff away to people who could use it more than I? Do I really need a whole bunch of money saved up in order to feel secure? So far, the Lord has only asked me to consider letting go of a few things, but if I’m really wanting to see revival in our church and our land, I need to up my game on getting serious about following Him.
As we worship this morning, remembering that we are responding to His call to meet with the family of God, may we consider the question, “What am I willing to give up for Christ?” If revival could start if we got serious about following Him, what might it cost? Would we be willing to pay it? Good questions for a Sunday morning, right?
Abba, as we meet together, may we see each other with new eyes. May we see in each person the potential of being the catalyst for revival. Also, may we see in ourselves Your potential to begin moving in people’s hearts. Our willingness to change may be the spark that You use to start the fire of revival in our land. May it be so, Lord Jesus! Amen.