It really does cost everything. The reward is huge, but the price is unmistakable. The stuff inside of us that is screaming to come out and the undeniable desire to have an eternal impact is unlocked by selling everything else. Jesus says it like this in Matthew 13:44, ““The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
Notice that there was a treasure discovered and the joy that you would expect when finding a treasure. The cost for rights to the treasure is all we have. We can’t borrow, mortgage, mitigate, negotiate or adulterate what it’s going to cost. It’s an all or nothing proposition.
Shortly after Julie and I knew that we were invited into vocational ministry, I got some interesting counsel. The counsel was, “If there is anything else you can do, then do it. Only do this if you have no choice.” The counsel came from a long time pastor. He knew that it costs everything.
I started a job at Fellowship of the Sword last week and I get to be a pastor at Heritage Community Church. Frankly, one was born of the other as I’ve often referred to FTS and the Quest events I’ve served on as “my seminary.” It’s where I grew in my discipleship and equipping as a minister. Both are incredibly complimentary of each other and I get to walk in the satisfaction and excitement that comes in the realization of calling and passion.
Some would look at my deal(s) and want to do something similar. I would have, at one point, as I wanted greater purpose and satisfaction in how I got to work day-to-day. That’s a legitimate thought if stuck in an illegitimate or ill-fitting role. At the same time, the chasm between where I was in a corporate trap of frustration and where I am in this place of purpose is almost indescribable. Julie and I can truly look at anyone we share our story with and tell them with integrity that the cost has been enormous. And worth it.
We’ve gone broke more than once, moved several times, been homeless by definition, stressed, doubtful, frustrated and afraid. We’ve been challenged, questioned, accused and rejected. We’ve been tempted to turn back but once you’ve tasted and seen, everything else fails to satisfy. The treasure is tremendous but the field sometimes sucks. It’s worth it; sell it all.