Have you ever considered the possibility that God might call you to give up your life? To pay the ultimate price? We’re exploring this very issue this week as we continue our Giving Up series at worship. Read on for this week’s front page article in the announcements.
What is more important to you than life itself? For what are you willing to die? These questions are at the core of what it means to walk with Jesus.
Thankfully, you aren’t often faced with the opportunity to choose between your life and something you believe strongly in. But Jesus calls you to be ready to give up everything, including your life, in service to Him:
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Following Jesus comes with a steep price. He might not call you to a physical death, but He is calling you to deny yourself. Maybe that’s a steeper price. Being willing to die is a one-time decision if you choose death. Continually giving up your life—letting God be in complete control—now that’s a tall order. Of course, giving up our lives is the only way to have life:
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake
will find it. Matthew 16:25
Your only hope for true life is giving up your life completely to Jesus. It means placing Him first in everything, not just where it’s convenient.