‘And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.’ Genesis 22:12
Today, even as we conclude this series, I pray that we will all be willing to give everything to Jesus. Let us embrace God’s vision. He will not force us to surrender but in His loving kindness and tender mercies, He draws us to Himself. However, the onus is on us to choose whether our delight is in the tree of knowledge of good and evil OR the tree of life. We can pursue this world and satisfy our curiosity OR drink from the fountain of life in Jesus Christ, experiencing His peace, joy, and righteousness in the midst of an evil world. Let us not become fools in our attempt to be wise. This humanist view of life that does not regard God will cause us to forfeit our place in the Kingdom. We will not have the best things in this world and we have to be okay with that. We have to be contented knowing that it is not our season to be glorified. This season is one of suffering and persecution but with the suffering comes a great revival and evangelistic move of God. This age that we are in is not conducive to the ‘self-driven christian’ who cannot survive hardships.
We have to decide what it is that we really want. We must be content with our measure in the Lord and His move in this dispensation. Anything that resembles ‘self’ is a precursor to a fall which breaks fellowship with God and leads to death.
Let us not forget that this life is not about us. It is about the purposes of God and only His plans will prevail. Our duty is to submit to God, to fear Him and keep His commandments. But if we love ourselves more than God, we will not do that. God was able to declare that Abraham feared Him because Abraham was willing to give up everything for God. We have to be willing to give God that thing that is so precious to us, even our very lives. The dreams, aspirations, desires and ambitions have to be counted as nothing when compared to God and His vision of the Kingdom. As we sacrifice everything about us, it will cost us something but it is worth it!
‘If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.’ Luke 14:26