God plants this love inside us, and it grows healthy in the soil of abandonment. We abandon our rights, our judgments, our opinions, and our schemes. Jesus is uncompromising in his abandonment of the privileges of his position as the only begotten son, and he expects no less from us when it comes to abandoning anything that sets us in rebellion to the Father.
Like the man who found treasure hidden in a field, he sells everything he has in order to buy the field. He holds back nothing because he knows the treasure is worth more than anything he has. Abandonment means realizing that following Jesus is worth everything we have and so holding nothing back.
Costly grace requires that we come to the end of ourselves, that we abandon our current lives in order to begin new lives with Jesus. Costly grace means, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Costly grace means we refuse to “set aside the grace of God” for the lesser things of this world (Galatians 2:21).
Abandonment is possible because you have Jesus within, helping you to love and obey. Let him lead you to that place where your heart begins to beat so closely with God’s that it’s difficult to distinguish between the two.
Love God, and in the intimacy of that love, obey his heart.
Jon Walker is the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and Growing with Purpose. He has served on staff at Saddleback Church and Purpose Driven Ministries and is currently the managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotionals and the Ministry Toolbox. Contact him at ">. This article is copyrighted 2011 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.
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