Invitation to a cherished one…
The price is not as dear as you may think in the beginning. You won’t be asked to pay by giving something you want to keep. In the end you will see how valueless that thing, desire, whatever it may be, will become excess baggage in your eyes; and you will willingly let go, to drop it along the wayside.
The cost of following Christ required is something, in a way, much easier than moral effort. It is to want Him. It is true that the wanting itself would let us remain helpless but for one incentive. The way of the world is so designed that, to help us desert our own gratifications, they first desert us.
Broken illusions, troubles, and finally old age take away from us. One by one, all those things that the natural self hoped for from its beginning onward, erode through many broken experiences, leaving us on our knees begging the Savior for His help. Begging is our only wisdom, and to want Him, in the end, makes it easier for us to be beggars. Yet, on those terms (a broken spirit, a contrite heart) the Mercy of God will receive us. For it was Him who did the drawing of our souls from the time our eyes first beheld light upon this earth.
Hence, for all the struggles we endure, God’s developmental process of sanctification wins in the end — sharing the bounty of His victory, bestowing on us the crown of eternal life, and enjoying Him forever. Sin and death are the only losers.
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him” Philippians 3:7-8
Wisdom said, seek intently but labor less.
Focus your all on me, I will produce the rest.
Look for me, do you see me, do you want me, still more of me?
Savior said, I am all you have more than you can ever desire
All you could ever hope for is complete in me.
Do you sense me, my nearness, my breath in your breath?
I AM said, come to me your hand is in my hand, head held high,
eye to eye.
Utterance in whispers, I hear, I know, I feel, I weep, I laugh – I am here.
Come nearer to me, this entreating never disappointing — I belong to you, you to me.
Come nearer, do not fear, I have no harm, no spite — for you are my delight.
Draw closer, I long for you, I aspire your desire,
your closeness to me now and forever more.
Do you see me, do you sense me, do you recognize who I Am?
I AM your Father, your Brother, your Spirit of life.
I AM Almighty God, and you are my child, whom I have chosen,
and will never cast aside.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.” A.W. Tozer