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“In the same way, none of you who are unwilling to give up all of your possessions can be my disciple. “Salt is good. But if salt loses its flavor, how will it become salty again? It has no value, neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. People throw it away. Whoever has ears to hear should pay attention.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:33-35‬ ‭CEB‬‬

To follow Jesus is to be willing to give up everything and the return is more valuable than anything. 

“God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:1-2‬ ‭CEB‬‬

We don’t have anything to fear
when our world crashes down upon us.
For God is always here
To protect and give strength to help us. 

“Don’t withhold good
from someone who deserves it, when it is in your power to do so.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:27‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Do what you can, when you can, for those you can. 

“Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you resentful because I’m generous?’”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:15‬ ‭CEB‬‬

We resent God’s generosity to others when it doesn’t seem fair to us.  When we focus on ourselves we see others as a conflict to getting what we want. 

The reality is: I resent God’s blessing on others when Im not grateful for His generosity towards me. 

“The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, those who curse you I will curse; all the families of the earth will be blessed because of you.” Abram left just as the Lord told him, and Lot went with him. Now Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭12:1-4‬ ‭CEB‬‬ 

There is a cost to follow God. 

There is a cost to be blessed. 

There is a cost to bless others. 

Abraham had to leave comfort, security, and family. 

It takes faith to walk in obedience and be a blessing. 

““so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.” ‭‭
Zechariah‬ ‭8:15-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We will not sin against God and each other if we:

  • Are honest with each other. 
  • Are fair with each other. 
  • Are good to each other. 
  • Keep your commitments with each other. 

Seems like a good set of new year resolutions. 

“Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭143:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God doesn’t answe our prayers because we deserve it. 

He doesn’t answer because we have earned his ear and help. 

He hears and answers us because He is faithful and He always does the right thing. 

Now the right thing according to God doesn’t mean right for us. 

But we can trust that His right is right for us because He is faithful. 

When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭138:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When the Psalmist is answered, is it with deliverance? Not at first. God answers with boldness.

May we call to Jesus for answers. Let’s cry. Let’s pursue answers. Let’s pray for deliverance.

But may we be willing to receive the reply to our prayer when the answer is boldness. Boldness to go through or face the current situation. Boldness to still trust our God even though our circumstance is unchanged.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Lead with love. 

Unbegrudgingly be hospitable. 

Steward the grace and gifts you’ve been given. 

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

A sacrifice of praise is one that makes Jesus famous. 
We make Jesus famous by doing what Jesus did: Doing good. Serving those in need. Those things done in Jesus name are the sacrifices God is most pleased.