Judas is proof (see this post) that you can be part of the Jesus crowd and still be a sell-out. The question is: what’s your price?
Is it a failed love? or failure to find love? Is it not getting the job you wanted? Is it getting to Bible college and not being able to make the next payment, and the money doesn’t come, no matter how much you believe, and pray? Is it graduating from college with your degree, only to find all the jobs for that degree are unavailable? Is your price a life without difficulty? Is your price a loved one’s health? Is your price having children? Is your price a thriving ministry? Is your price a longer life?
What happens when life doesn’t go according to plan?
What happens when God sets aside your dreams? What happens when God does what He wants with what is His?
Look at Moses.
In Acts 7 it says that when Moses was a young man, he assumed the Israelites knew that he was God’s instrument of deliverance. When he realized they didn’t know, he ran. It didn’t go the way he thought it would. He would spend the next 40 years in the middle of nowhere, waiting for God’s timing.
Look at Joseph.
He was given dreams by God. Did he think when he was sold into slavery that something had gone horribly wrong? How could his parents and brothers bow down to him if they didn’t even know where he was? He would endure years of servitude and imprisonment. And yet it was those very times that would lead to God’s prophecy being fulfilled.
How about Esther?
We don’t know anything about her hopes and dreams. We just usually go straight to the story we know. What if she had another man she loved when she was taken to be queen? She certainly couldn’t participate in any of the Jewish feasts or holy days. She probably rarely got to communicate with any of her close-knit community of family and friends beyond her uncle Mordecai. How could she know that God had a specific purpose for her?
What about Daniel?
The Bible says in Daniel 1:3,4 that those abducted were of the Upper Class in Judah. It may be that Daniel’s parents had already planned out his life in politics. The odds are good that he was their shining pride and joy. What could he do when the path of his life was suddenly and irrevocably altered?
Then there’s Mary…
We get a hint of her plans. She was engaged to be married. She had a pure and correct reputation. She was probably looking forward to having a family with the man she loved, and part of her community of family and friends. Not only was her marriage relationship jeopardized, but even after Jesus was born she had to flee to Egypt to escape the death stroke of Herod. She willingly bore the stain of an illegitimate child her entire life.
Had any of these people balked at trusting God, had any of them told God that He had no right to do that with their lives, history would be very different.
What is your price? What is God going to do, or what has He done, that has caused you to say “I don’t want Your way anymore.”? Accept the fact that not everything in your life is going to be positive. Like Judas, saying no to God only led to his own destruction and God’s plan took place anyway.
Like these others, allowing God to have His way in your life leads to a miraculous, distinctive life that brings Him glory and you joy.
Don’t give God a price. Simply let your life be a blank page, where you have no expectations but for him to guide you in His way.