God thinks that you and I are so valuable that he gave his only son for us. That’s how much he loves us. Is God that valuable to you? Dabbling in faith or half-heartedly following Jesus does not reflect God’s true value. It is worth everything just to be near God…
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Do I have the view of Jesus that I would sell everything in order to buy the field where treasure is buried? What an idea. When Jesus says in Mark 8:34 that we must deny ourselves to follow him, Jesus is talking about what we are willing to give up to get access the treasure of himself. And remember, Jesus gave up everything for you…
Think about that for a moment. Jesus was willing to give up everything so that I would have the choice and opportunity to give up everything to follow him. What does this mean?
It means that Jesus gave his life, dying on the cross for you and for me because our sin had separated us from God. Jesus was the sacrifice God himself made so that God would accept us as clean and righteous and forgiven all because of Jesus – all because of him.
And so we see that the idea of giving everything up for God comes from God himself, who gave up everything for us.
God thinks that you and I are that valuable. God’s view of us is that we are so valuable that he would give his only son for us. That’s how much he loves us. We are like that treasure to God.
Is God that valuable to you? Is God worth it to you? How worth it? The idea that we would dabble in faith or half-heartedly follow Jesus’ teaching does not reflect God’s true value. We should be willing to give up everything just to be near God…