A great exchange!
Is the Lord asking you to lay something down for a higher call and you find it difficult?
What has been your response? Has your response been that of the rich man in Matthew 19.
16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
This man had an invitation from the Lord ‘follow me’, but he declined the offer because of his wealth. May l say temporary earthly wealth?
Abraham is another man that the Lord gave an instruction to give up his only son. Here we see a different response: Genesis 22 1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
You can read the rest of the account in Genesis 22. The is what the scriptures says after Abraham obeyed God.
16And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Abraham obeyed God and what did Abraham get back?
A ram for the burnt offering:
And the best deal of all ‘ an eternal covenant’.
Doesn’t it pay to obey God? What a great exchange. What a bargain. Up till now, we sing the song’ Abrahams blessings are mine’ just because he obeyed God.
In our little minds, when the Lord tells us to do something, we think, we are losing out, missing out. The wise see it as a great bargain!.
What is the Lord telling you to do that you are finding difficult? When the Lord asks us to do something it is because He wants to accomplish His purpose through us. What a privilege!
Matthew 19: verses 27 to 29
27Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Nothing is worth trading for what we have in the Lord when we obey Him.
Its time to stop the struggle and cash in on the good deal!.