After preaching in December on how to go from Crushed to Courageous, I went out to lunch and had a conversation with one of my life group guys. We talked for a while about what courage looks like and who inspires us in our lives and our walk towards Christ. For me, I was sharing crazy stories of inspirational lives like that of Francis Chan, Matt Chandler, and my Dad. But that’s when things changed. My buddy said, “Well, actually Bryan, you are my inspiration of courage.” He said he looked at what I have given up in my life and thought it was this crazy courageous life that he just hadn’t seen before. So, first of all, I don’t take complements well, he didn’t know that then… he knows that now.
CRUSHED TO COURAGEOUS
All kidding aside, I was humbled and thankful that he looked at what my wife and I have chosen to do with our lives for Christ as inspirational. But, honestly, what he said really bothered me. This is because what my wife and I did was not something very courageous at all, in fact, the opposite. I quit my job, sold our home, car, and stuff because I didn’t want to be a complete moron. Not completely changing our lives and diving into what God was asking us to do with everything we have would have been, frankly, the dumbest thing I could have done. I wasn’t being courageous, I was just avoiding idiocy.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
DON’T FORGET YOUR TREASURE
Look, I am not saying I didn’t have doubts. I remember these 10 minutes of panic as I was pulling away from our home. I was suddenly realizing we were essentially homeless! I had quit my job and had come on board part-time at the church, with no guarantees - not to mention I had a 1 year old and a wife who also had no job. But when I woke up from this pale face momentary panic, God lovingly whispered this parable back to my heart, “Don’t forget the treasure you found.” When putting yourself in the situation of the man in the parable, wouldn’t it be idiotic not to sell your stuff and go back and get the treasure? Why in the world would he not let go of the things of less value to be able to be with the treasure of most value?
Realizing the treasure Jesus is and once you have encountered Him and made Him Lord and Savior, you can’t really tell me you look around at your stuff, your job, and your life and go, “Nah, I like this stuff better than the Kingdom of Heaven.” But isn’t that what we do?
Consider this, who is the most courageous person in the Bible to you? Now was that person really courageous or did they just find a treasure that was worth more than what they had to sacrifice?
IS IT WORTH IT?
What in your life have you not had enough courage to give up for God? Is that a lack of courage or is that a lack of an encounter with the reality of who Jesus is and what a treasure He is worth? Consider this truth and read Philippians 3:8 and Romans 12:1-2. What is holding you back from being a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God? Ask yourself, is it worth it?