And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29 New King James Version
Just as Christ gave up everything for us so too must we be willing to give up all for Him.
Think of it like this: you are living in a mansion with servants and living a fantastic life.
Would you voluntarily surrender that to live with the poor in filthy slums?
On top of that you know that many people will make fun of you, torture you and ultimately force you to die a painful humiliating death?
That is what Jesus did for us in leaving His mansion in Heaven to live amongst us.
He was made fun of, was tortured and died a humiliating and painful death so that we would have the privilege of enjoying our mansion in Heaven.
So when Christ calls you to give up a comfortable life to serve Him are you going to whine about it or thank Him for the privilege of serving such a magnificent and loving King?
In my service to Him I have been called to live in very difficult circumstances and it only developed a deeper and closer relationship with Him. When I reflect on the past thirty years of suffering it is impossible to do without thinking of the wonderful closeness I was blessed with, with our King and am in great gratitude for Him for it.
And whenever you are experiencing your tribulation and sorrow (and you will experience tribulation) just remember what Jesus experienced for you.
Prayer: Please Jehovah Adonai (The Lord is sovereign) help me to surrender my life completely to Your sovereign will. I know You know what is best for me and how best to serve You. I humbly beseech You in the name of he who gave up His heavenly throne for us Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.