Many times we are faced with the question – what would you give? When we shop, we make a determination if the price asked is a reasonable one. When asked to work on a project, we consider if this is important enough to give the time needed to complete it. Even for something as simple as cooking dinner, we sometimes choose meals based on how much time we wish to give to the preparation needed. Somedays, it’s easier to order pizza delivery than cook, especially if we’re exhausted from work or would rather spend the time with our family.
But there are other costs that carry more weight: emotional issues, a health crisis, financial challenges that may affect our children’s education or our own retirement. How about spiritual concerns? What would you give for a soul to be saved?
Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations ….” (Matthew 28:19) How do we do that, especially with all that is going on in our own lives right now? He also said, “… but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The “how” is the Holy Spirit, who will show us where to reach out – our family, friends, coworkers and neighbors – and He will give us the words we need – our witness to all that He had done for us.
But sometimes what is asked is even more costly. What would we give for our child, who doesn’t want to hear anything about God? How can we give up? What would we do if being a Christian was considered a crime, as it is in some countries? Are we strong enough, if we would have to choose between our faith and our lives?
No. Alone we’re not able to face any of these challenges. But with God in us, the possibilities are endless. We are winners when we are in His will. With God, we can give all it takes.
What would you give if you knew you could never lose?