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“I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.  Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:27-28).

We live in a time where few need go through deprivation for the sake of the Gospel.  It seems the easier it is the weaker we become.  The question behind this is in the asking of how valuable is the Gospel to you?  Would you sacrifice everything for what Jesus gives, or is there a limit to what you would go through?  Jesus did not have a limit for you, do you have one for Him?

Lord, I do treat life and its circumstances on a conditional level and am only willing to go so far.  Help me realize the incomparable worth, no, priceless treasure, You give in grace.  Help me to see that nothing on this earth compares to what You offer in faith.  May I learn to not settle for the trivial things of this world in order to press on for the things You offer in faith and by grace.

Lord Jesus, You who made everything, gave it up for we who have nothing.  Help me follow You, knowing that what You give is of more worth than all the rest of creation put together.  Let me stop at nothing to walk in the light of the revelation You give through the Gospel.  May I walk humbly with You all the days of my life, seeking the Father’s will to be done in my life.  Amen.