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Staff Spotlight: Is Jesus Really Worth It All?

A guest post from a soon-to-be YWAM Louisville staff member, Gabe Smith. 

Not that long ago in a time of worship with my YWAM family, the Lord asked me to give away something that’s really valuable to me.

My reaction was telling: “I can’t give that away – it’s mine!”

Frustrated, I finally told the Lord, “You can have it.” I sensed him saying back to me, “I just wanted to see if you would be obedient.” But as the week went on I just didn’t feel right about it. When I set some time aside to seek the Lord, he revealed to me that the thing that wasn’t right was my heart.

I remember back in my DTS memorizing Philippians 3:8: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.” But now when the Lord had asked me to give something up, that’s not how my heart responded. In reality, my response was saying, “I count everything that doesn’t have significant importance to me as loss, because I kinda like Jesus.”

It bothered me that I didn’t see God as someone worth giving something up for. Sure, I eventually yielded to the Lord, but it was solely out of duty and obedience – it wasn’t because I saw the worthiness of Jesus. It wasn’t out of adoration for him.

“I count everything that doesn’t have significant importance to me as loss, because I kinda like Jesus.”

Are we so consumed by materialism that we forsake the worth of knowing Jesus?

When Jesus called his disciples, he asked them to leave everything to follow him. But he didn’t lead them to paradise right away. He led them to a cross. He called them to die to their belongings, their families, and ultimately, to themselves. But why?

In Mark 8:35 Jesus tells his disciples that if they lose their life they will find it in Him. Jesus knew that he was the only one that could give them life. I need to make sure that I’m truly finding life and my fulfillment in the surpassing worth of who Jesus is – nothing else. If Jesus is the author of life, he knows what brings life far better than I do.

Jesus didn’t lead his disciples directly to paradise.
He led them to a cross.

I live in the richest nation in the history of the world, a nation that is consumed with stuff.  Would you be willing to join me in checking your heart? If so, here’s a good question to ask: “Are there things I desire more than I desire intimacy with Jesus?”

My prayer is that we would allow God to remove the idols from our lives – that we would look to Jesus and find all of our fulfillment and hope in him.

GabeIn the summer of 2012, Gabe encountered the Lord during a Short Term Outreach with YWAM Louisville. He then came back for a DTS in 2013, and a SOMD in 2014, and he has seen God transform his life! He has a heart for worship, children, and Russia. He is currently raising support to join staff with YWAM Louisville. 

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