What is it my friends, that God's calling you to surrender in your life? Because it's whatever you are holding on to that is replacing the hand of God.
You know, as I meditated on this, I was reminded of the words of my good friend Juan Carlos Ortiz. He talked about this in his book, Living With Jesus Today. He said, “Jesus is the pearl of great price.” Do you remember the gospels, the pearl of great price where the merchant, when he finds the pearl and knowing it's value, will sell everything he has in order to get that pearl?
Juan Carlos explains the pearl of great price with this parable:
“Look at this pearl, Juan Carlos,” says God.
“Oh, I must have that pearl. How much does it cost?”
God answers, “Well, the costs is one thing. It’s very expensive. I don’t know if you want to buy it.”
“Well, if it's that expensive, who can buy it?”
“Everybody can buy it,” God replies.
“Well, Father, how can everybody buy it when it's so expensive?”
And God replies, “It's simple. It simply cost everyone the same price. It costs them everything they have.”
“Oh man, that's a great price!”
“And that's why it's called the pearl of great price, Juan Carlos.”
“But I must have that pearl!”
“Okay," God says, “what do you have?”
“Well, I've got $100,000 in the bank.”
“Okay, give that to me.” God instructs.
"So the pearl is mine?”
“What else do you have as well?”
“I have a few dollars in my pocket.”
“I said everything,” God reminds.
“Well, I've got to have that pearl, so here’s the money.” God gives the pearl. “Oh, I can't wait to take it home.”
“You didn't say that you had a home. It will cost you your home.” God responds.
“I've got to have the pearl! Okay, you can have my home. I can't wait to show this to my wife!”
“Wife? You have a wife? You didn't mention a wife. It'll cost you her too.” God says.
“Well, what would I say to my kids?”
“Well, you didn't mention that you had kids. It’s going to cost you your kids too. I said everything.” God reiterates.
“But you’ve left me alone on the street!”
“It will cost you your own life too. Here's the thing though. I will give all those things back to you for you to enjoy but when I come calling for one of those things, don't forget to give them to me. Don't become so enamoured with them that you miss Me because the only reason I would call for them is because I want you to have all of Me and something has gotten in the way.”
Is there something you're holding on to instead of the hand of Jesus?
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