The cost of discipleship. Yes we are asked to give up everything to follow God. But what is our, ‘everything’? Money that crumbles over time. Habits that when properly understood only actually make our lives worse while living them. Passing acquaintances. What value do our baubles and achievements have once we pass? So, in exchange for our garbage… our leftover trash that has no true value, God gave His Son… and promised everything holy and eternal to follow. Our ‘everything’ in exchange for God’s.
If that doesn’t seem quite right its because evil is in the middle of it all. Satan whispers, in an attempt for you. He doesn’t want your everything. He knows its value and has no desire for it. He doesn’t need your allegiance, he doesn’t want your respect. You don’t even have to acknowledge him. What he wants is you. More importantly, he wants you to not take God’s deal. There is a half truth here, he will even acknowledge you don’t really have anything to offer. With Satan, you can keep your money, your friends, your status… for a time. Like God, he doesn’t want your junk. He wants you. And all you have to do is to ignore God’s offer and take the mystery deal behind door number 2.
That’s it. Just step away from God and the biggest zonk in eternity awaits. It takes no effort. Just speak the words, neigh, just think them. Say, “I don’t want God’s deal” and you won’t be forced to take it at all. Instead door number 2 and all it’s potential earthly (temporary) trinkets await.
When we don’t properly reflect on God’s sacrifice and promises to us, we allow room for all the theatrics the evil one can muster. His stage is set with lights, music, smoke, and the promise of something greater… That lie is only appealing when we forget what we already have in a Savior. In truth, God doesn’t really want our garbage either… He just wants us to approach Him without it. That was His deal. If we can come to Him without the world’s refuse surrounding us, then we were worth everything He gave up to get to us. When we aren’t burdened by the world, we are free for the Savior’s embrace.