Is It Worth It?
It is the training ground for future salesmen. As a child in elementary school, you would slam your lunch box on the table, open it up, and immediately begin assessing the value of what was packed in your lunch. Some items in your lunch were the holy grail of food. You could have your pick of the lunch boxes. Other things were good but hardly tradable. Maybe if you combined it with something else you could get one better item, but more than likely you would simply settle for it. Then there were the abhorrent items in lunches. You couldn’t trade them for your worst enemy’s sister!
Some kids weren’t interested in trading, so they would simply toss everything they didn’t want into the middle of the table. There was an unwritten rule in lunchroom policy: Anything tossed in the middle was up for grabs. The youngster had forsaken their lunch, and the rest of the table could fight over it.
When you read Luke 14:33, do you immediately take inventory of what you have? Jesus said, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). After reading words like “forsaketh” and “all,” most people look into the lunchbox of their lives and assess the value of what they are being called to forsake. Their stuff is pretty important. Oh, and their future is priceless. Their time is non-negotiable. All mankind looks longingly over at Jesus’ “stash” in order to make a fair trade, but Jesus is not in the trading business. Jesus, in essence, says, “Toss everything you have in the “up-for-grabs” area of the table”! He says, “Forsake all.” Can you do that?
In the next chapter, Jesus tells a story which should help us forsake all. A young man had an intricate value system. He collected all of his treasures in his life’s “lunchbox” and indulged in everything he could. The times were great, but only for a season. And we all know seasons change. Soon he felt the shove of the swine around his ankles as he was throwing slop out in the “up-for-grabs” pen for his new friends. He was about to fight the pigs for the slop when a rational thought stopped him. The father’s worst was infinitely better than his present condition.
How hard do you think it was for the prodigal son to “forsake all”? While your thinking, he’s already up and running back home. He didn’t know it at the time, but he was trading pig slop for the fatted calf. He would have never known what he would get from his father until he forsook all. What makes Luke 14:33 so hard is we have price tags on pig slop. The trinkets of this world, your stuff…it’s pig slop. That compromising relationship; pig slop. The accolades and personal achievements you value so much are pig slop compared to what God has planned for you.
What will you do? Will you forsake your pig slop? Or do you enjoy eating out of the world’s trough?