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What Are You Willing To Give Up?

  • What Are You Willing To Give Up?

    The world that we live in is not one of spiritual-mindedness. It is not a world of godliness or one of

    righteousness. The world in which we dwell is one full of sin and all kinds of evil. It is a sad thing to look

    at the world knowing that most people are not going to make it to heaven (Matthew 7:13-14). What is

    perhaps even more sorrowful is looking at attitudes that individuals have in the church.

    Think about all the blessings we have as children of God. Look at all the many things He has done for us

    and what a debt we owe that we will never be able to repay. Yet, although we understand and say, "Yes, I

    owe a lot to God", we often fail to act as though we truly believe that. Why is it that we claim to

    understand the blessed state of being a child of God but do not put our best foot forward to be pleasing to

    Him? Do we not believe that only the faithful will make it to heaven? Do we not believe, as Jesus said,

    that only he who does the will of the Father will make it to heaven (Matthew 7:21)?

    I believe a major reason why Christians are not as committed as they should be is because they aren't

    willing to give up the things of the world to live for the Lord. John said in I John 2:15, "Do not love the

    world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." The

    world and God are on opposite ends of the spectrum. How can you have both? John says later in vs. 17

    that the world is passing away. It's only the one who does the will of God who will abide forever. We

    forget just how temporary our lives are here on this earth. We get caught up in thinking that this is most

    important, the here and now. It's not!! All that we have on this earth won't be here eternally. It is going to

    be passing away. Does it make more sense to concentrate on the things that will one day be passing on or

    is it better to put our efforts into that which will be here eternally? Most anyone will tell you, "Yes, we

    have to concentrate on spiritual things", but how many are doing just that?

    What are you willing to give up to go to heaven? Many in the world expect to go to heaven but do not

    do anything to insure it. Many Christians expect to go to heaven but do not want to give up worldliness.

    Paul told Timothy that times would come when men would be "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of

    God"(II Tim. 3:4). The same thing is true today. People just have too many things to do. "I'm too busy to

    serve God", would fit a lot of peoples actions. Those whose busy lives interfere with their commitment to

    the Lord will have much time in eternity away from God to think about all the times they were too busy to

    be spiritual.

    I ask again, what are you willing to give up to go to heaven? Are you willing to give up things that would

    interfere with your attendance in worshipping God (hobbies, concerts, sports, etc)? Are you willing to give

    up the short, tight, and low cut outfits designed only to be seen by others? Are you willing to give up

    talking, acting, and behaving like those of the world? Are you willing to give up worldly associations that

    might hinder you from being a faithful Christian? If you are not willing to give up even these few things,

    how can you say you are willing to sacrifice to go to heaven?

    Heaven has its cost and so does the life of being a Christian, but the benefits of the sacrifice involved far

    outweigh the burdens of this life. Think of what Christ was willing to give up so that you could have these

    blessings (II Corinthians 8:9). He gave up His very life. How much of an inconvenience is it for you to

    live a faithful obedient life to make it to heaven? It should not be a burden at all but simply a small

    sacrifice for the love and kindness He showed to us. Abstain from every appearance of evil (I Thess. 5:22)

    so that you may reap the reward of heaven. – Shane Williams