For us to know the joy of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we must be willing to give up everything.
The world says that’s foolish.
The world says, “Take what you can get and enjoy it!”
But I can promise you that if you’ll make the “sacrifice”, you’ll gain in return something far greater than you could ever imagine.
For, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:18,
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
One man who made this discovery
When Jim Elliot graduated at the top of his class from Wheaton College in 1949, he could have had a lucrative business career or could have probably enjoyed success in a variety of professions.
Instead, he chose to be a missionary.
He arrived in Ecuador in 1952 and four years later was killed, along with four of his companions, by the Auca Indians, the tribe they were trying to reach with the gospel.
Though many thought it foolish that such a talented young man would give up his life trying to help a primitive tribe, Jim Elliot knew that was not the case.
In Jesus Christ he had found an absolutely priceless pearl. He was willing to give up everything he had, even his own life, in order to follow Jesus.
And he was glad to do so because, as he wrote in his journal, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
He is no fool
A man by the name of Scott Wesley Brown wrote a song called “He is No Fool” based on this. The words of the song are:
I’ve lost track of all the Sundays
The offering plates gone by
And as I gave my hard-earned dollars
I felt free to keep my life
I talk about commitment
And the need to count the cost
But the words of a martyr show me
I don’t really know His cross
For he is no fool
Who gives what he cannot keep
To gain what he cannot lose
Yes, he is no fool
Who lays his own life down
I must make this the path I choose
Obedience and servanthood
Are traits I’ve rarely shown
And the fellowship of His sufferings
Is a joy I’ve barely known
There are riches in surrendering
That can’t be gained for free
God will share all heaven’s wonders
But the price He asks is me.
Are you willing to give up what you cannot keep to gain what you cannot lose?