I Samuel 15:22 Samuel said,
“Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
In recent days as I’ve been seeking the Lord, He has prompted me to let go of some things. Just this evening at our church’s prayer service I expressed to the Lord that I know He has given me gifts to be used of Him. I prayed that God would use me and told Him that I want my life to count for His kingdom. I don’t want to be a sit-on-the-sidelines Christian. His response, “Are you willing to pay the cost?” That’s something to consider. When I look at the great men and women in scripture, to follow after Christ and be used mightily came at a great cost.
For my college graduation, my father gave me his old King James Bible. He had it recovered, but the inside is full of his underlining and notes. In Matthew 14 he underlined the following verses: 44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.In the margin next to this my father has written, “Sell out!”
So, will I sell out 100% to Christ? Will I give up whatever He asks of me in order to serve Him or to allow Him to do His work in my life? I must answer with a resounding YES!!!