Our money is our money, right? And our stuff is our stuff!
That’s the understanding many of us had when we first walked into the kingdom of God. We had made a decision to lean into Jesus when he offered to give us a holy hug. That hug smeared blood on our souls, and with it came liberty, freedom, acceptance, intimacy, and eternal love and protection. It was a great deal for us!
We were happy.
We felt fulfilled.
We immersed ourselves in the faith and took our place among those who cry out to the cross for redemption.
Our Father, upon seeing us at the end of the driveway had run to us, and at last we were home. It wasn’t until later we understood what being under God’s roof and a part of his family meant in its totality.
We were no longer our own. We had been bought at a price.
Today’s I’m thinking about the challenges that come with being marked for Christ. Eternal bliss is ours, yes, but it requires something of us.
Salvation is free, but deliverance costs us something…cost Jesus everything.
Today, I’m thinking about those who hold close what they ought to give away. Those lost in mysticism, materialism, narcissism and racism. Pretty much any kind of “ism” that the world dishes out is going to be dangerous for us to have and to hold. Instead, we need to make the decision to be “all in” with Jesus.
Whatever that means.
Whatever we have to forego.
Whatever we have to give up.
Whatever might change–we need to do it.
Don’t let anything hold you back from achieving fullness of grace, certainly not money.
Today, put your hands palm up and mean it. Seek Truth, Freedom, and Liberty that issues from the throne room of God and be thankful. Our Lord’s love is worth more than this world can ever give in fame, fortune, or fashion. Don’t compromise or give your inheritance away like Esau did. Run to God, even as He runs to you, and be truly satisfied.
…the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. Acts 19:18-20
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21