“…at present Jesus simply looks for those who willingly answer His call and say yes to Him. “Yes. You gave everything You have for me. I now give everything I have to You….”
“[Jesus] became obedient even to the point of death. It really does cost to follow God. And there’s sometimes sadness and grieving in that, in terms of how much we will have to give up. The truth is, to be fully a disciple of Jesus will cost us everything. Jesus doesn’t ask for half our heart; He asks for it all. But there is good news in that. When we deny ourselves and lay down our lives – the meager amount we have to offer anyway in comparison – we actually gain every thing!”
– Bruce Merz, in While He Lay Dying
“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” -Jesus Christ
(Matthew 16:25 NLT)
2 thoughts on “Laying It All Down/Gaining Everything”
Great image and thought.
Thank you, Neil. Blessings on your day.