I have a deep yet simple question for you: What have you lost lately on account of living for God?
Take a moment to think about it-have you lost a friend lately, a job, or a prized possession? Now nobody likes to lose things because it often hurts; however, today I want to remind you that all losses are NOT bad. Sometimes we need to lose “so called” friends or lovers that may be pulling us away from following the call of God. Sometimes even our jobs threaten our relationship with God, causing us to make ungodly decisions just to keep the position of power we may have. Then even the fancy material things we have may become our idols and distract us from worshipping God and God only. I would go so far to say that if you call yourself living for God and have not lost ANYTHING lately, you may not actually be completely sold out to God. When we surrender to God’s will COMPLETELY we will lose some things! Point. Blank. Period. As we ask God to fill us and take control of our lives He will REMOVE from us some bad people, ungodly places, nasty habits, and anything in our lives that is not like Him.
Yet when we’ve lost these things in order to get closer to Christ, we have still GAINED because ALL things we need are in Him. I urge you-if you have not lost anything lately, you may want to re-evaluate your relationship with God. You may be holding on to some things that God is trying to remove from your life-all because they seem good to you, and you don’t want to go through the pain of losing them. However, I encourage you to be like the Apostle Paul, who said those things which seemed to be good or of value to him, He gladly gave them up to grab ahold of the IMMEASURABLE knowledge and fullness of God. I guarantee you-once you lose some things you will gain so much in God as you fully surrender to His will and get aligned with every detail of His plan for your life! Now to those of you who already know you’ve indeed lost some things for Christ’s sake, I say to you: be assured that a loss for the sake of Christ is nothing short of a gain and your reward from God is on the way!
So again I ask you, What have you lost lately on account of living for God?
Philippians 3:7-8 (New King James Version)
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ”
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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