The Cost of Being His
Have you ever felt like Jesus was asking you to do something far greater than yourself?
Something so hard that just the thought of it made you want to cry. This could look very different depending on the person. To me, it looked like leaving my family and friends, and leaving the comfort and predictability of living a lifestyle that I already knew. My dad was going to pay for my college, I didn’t have to worry about paying rent and bills, I was working for myself and all I had to worry about was me, myself and I.
Everything was going great until Jesus asked me to deny myself and the life that I was designing. I had to come to the understanding that my walk with the Lord had nothing to do with my plans. Yes, shocking.
The world doesn’t revolve around me and how great I am.
With the help of the Lord, I had to come to the understanding that my mere presence in this earth is to bring Him glory.
Same with you.
We get to be vessels of His glory, and that alone is so much greater than any other plans that we might have designed for ourselves in the past.
Since I was little, I always said that I wanted to help people. I wanted to be a doctor, then a psychologist, then a doctor again, then probably something else, and in my senior year of high school I settled with nursing and started to fall in love with the idea. Good salary, good job opportunities, helping people, everything I wanted. Then, God asked me to surrender my plans, and praise the Lord I did. For me, that looked like becoming a missionary. Now I get to help people, but by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and giving them the opportunity to change their eternity. So, I’m living my dreams, but a thousand times better.
Following Jesus comes with a cost, and it’s a big one, but I believe that it’s the most beautiful and important thing we can do with our lives. We get to honor Him and serve others, because He served the world. We get to see the world through the lens of forgiveness, because we have been forgiven. We get to forget about pride and love others well, because He loved us while we were still sinners. We get to be witnesses of what He has done in our lives and the lives of others. We get to have Him.
Saying yes to Jesus is something you’ll never regret, and it will quickly become the best and most important decision of your life.
“Whoever loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”Matthew 10:37-39 NLT
BY LESLIE MORALES