What would you sell your life for?
It’s a great question because sometimes we dedicate our lives to things that just aren’t worth it. We can sell our lives to making money and spending it. But everything we buy gets old, breaks and requires more money to fix it up or replace it. They come out with a new model and now the one we have just doesn’t look that great anymore.
Our ‘stuff’ will always disappoint us.
We can sell our lives to work and accomplishments. We may love it but, someday, that all goes away. We get fired, laid off or we just get old. I retired 4 years ago which meant giving up a really nice paycheck and a lot of rewards and recognition. But retiring also meant getting my life back. I loved working and now I love being retired. I’m glad I worked long and hard for over 34 years at something I loved to do. Now I’m very happy to reclaim all of those hours in my week and enjoy doing what I want to do.
We can sell our lives to relationships with our spouse, our children, our family and friends. They are very important but they will also disappoint us at times. It’s a fact. These relationships can roller coaster up and down, depending on emotions – not something I can always count on.
Achan’s story in God’s Word is a warning to all of us. “When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them” Joshua 7:21. Achan sold his life for a robe and some gold and silver. It looked too good to pass up. So he took it and hid it, probably believing he would never get caught. Not smart. He couldn’t hide from God. After getting caught, he admitted his disobedience but that didn’t change the consequences. He lost his life for that ‘stuff’ – his entire family and all he owned literally ended up under a pile of rocks.
I hear you, God. I’m getting it. I don’t want to end up like that.
So I choose the path of obedience and faithfulness to God. I know that there is no other path on earth that is going to give me the joy and peace and love that God gives me.
I choose to be ‘sold out’ to God. And I’m 100% confident that it’s the right choice.
What is your choice? Are you confident that it’s the right one?
I love you, Abba Father.