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Would You Give Everything?

We’re fully in the Christmas season as you read this.  There is lots of gift buying and gift giving.  Soon it will be all over and a New Year will begin.  The march toward doing again next year will begin.  One question comes to my mind in the middle of all of this.

Would you give everything?

Most of you have a job.  It pays your bills and feeds your family.  You might have invested years into building your career.  Your 401(k) has had ups and downs, but it’s on the journey with you toward retirement.  Maybe the finish line is in sight.

Would you give everything?

Perhaps you have a relationship that has been in your life for years.  You have been through it all together, all of life’s joys and struggles.  You can depend on this person like no other.

Would you give everything?

I ask this question because I see this in some of God’s people.

Abraham was promised that he would be the father of many nations.  He and Sarah were old by the time they had Isaac.  He was their child of promise.  All of the blessings and promises of God would flow through him.  So, God naturally asked Abraham to do something.

He asked Abraham to give everything.

What did Abraham do?  He was at the point of giving God everything when He stopped him.  Abraham was willing to give everything.

What about Hannah?  She was childless, barren.  She asked the Lord for a child.  She was blessed with a son.  She made a promise, though.  She told God that she would give him to His service if He would bless her with a child.

She was willing to give God everything.  She had her son for a few years, then released him to the Lord’s service.

Now, let’s get back to thinking about this season we are celebrating.

God sent His Son into the world.  All of this gift giving is, supposedly, in honor of this event.  All of the food we eat and the parties we go to are because a virgin conceived a child.  A baby was born in Bethlehem according to prophecies long before.  Hosts of angels appeared to shepherds to announce the birth.  Kings from the East followed a star to seek Him out.

He lived for about 33 years and became a perfect sacrifice on the cross.  He gave up the riches of heaven for you and me.  He suffered what we all deserve so that we wouldn’t have to.

God gave everything.

Would you give everything?

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  1. December 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

    i would love to say yes, but I suspect my real answer is No.

  2. December 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Ditto to Bill’s reply.

  3. December 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I know a few people who have given up everything according to the worlds standard, house, good income, country, a comfortable Christmas with a Walmart around the corner, electricity to light the tree, all that we associate with Christmas that they were use only to bring the good news of the sweet gospel. They would tell you it was worth it all. I have never heard one of them say, this was not worth it…I should have kept everything. God has allowed us to be involved in that “giving up everything” and it is easier to give up than to keep. There is a joy that comes from “giving up everything” for Him. By far the hardest thing we have ever done was return to a stateside ministry for we were willing to die for Him on a foreign field. Retaining that heart in such a rich country takes dying to self daily to a different level. It is a willing heart He seeks…willing to give where ever, whenever, however and where ever. All He wants for Christmas is a willing heart. Though provoking post Larry.

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