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Choosing To Let Go
3/28/2016

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matt. 16:24-26 (NKJV)

I cannot begin to imagine how many people have been inspired by how the apostle Paul chose to live his life once he understood who Jesus was. Prior to Paul’s conversion he was known as Saul, a very educated Pharisee who desperately wanted to know the word of God, and to adhere to every letter of it. The only problem was Saul was more concerned about keeping the law than understanding the purpose for the law.  God knew mankind would not be able to keep the law perfectly, but by having it they could see their sin, and this would reveal their need for the Savior.

Once Saul had his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, he immediately chose to make Him the Lord of his life, and God could now use him in a mighty way to affect change in the lives of others (Acts 9:1-22). The things Paul once had possessed, cherished and even coveted, he now counted them all as rubbish so that he might gain Jesus. We see him telling the church of Philippi this very thing in his letter to them. 

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith…” Phil. 3:7-9 (NKJV)

Paul had realized that his acceptance with God was in Christ alone, and not in those things he once relied upon, such as his place in Judaism, his standing as a Pharisee of Pharisees, and most likely his own wealth. He had made a crucial decision, believing the single gain of knowing Jesus far outweighed anything this world had to offer—he was willing to let it all go. 

I think this is an important example for us as Christian men and women. Paul didn’t grieve the loss of his possessions, nor his prominence with the social and religious elite, because he felt it was well worth knowing and receiving Jesus. Focusing on what he now possessed, Paul was ready to continue to let those things go so he might win others to Jesus.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about letting go of the things in our life, or even our very life, for our Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you prepared to let go of any personal desires contrary to God’s will for your life? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to live your life for the Lord, and let go of anything that would draw you away from Him or His will for your life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your many blessings upon my life. Help me to see these things for the blessing they are, and help me to use them wisely. Help me to see anything in my life that I need to let go of—those things I have given a greater place than you within my heart. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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