All throughout the world, we hear this voice calling out for our attention. As more and more pain and atrocity takes over, its cries have become deafening while proclaiming that Love is risky, and grace and truth are costing you your lives. Vulnerability and sacrifice are not proving to be worth it.
Then it begins demanding...
Start putting yourself first! I'm not seeing proof that there's any glory in your sacrifice. Don't lose your voice to chasing justice, or your identity in serving others who hurt you. You should be lifted up, you deserve more... stop giving yourself away to others. Can't you see that it's humiliating you? Why are you being foolish? Just follow your dreams and your passions, embrace your good treasures on this earth, and only sacrifice for true success that results in making a name for yourself.
Oh man, friends, everyday I hear this voice- this voice that knows truth so very well. A voice committed to passion and yet ready to twist the truth even if ever so slightly. This voice is a sneaky liar! Surely, we are not really the big cause to live for. There IS dignity in sacrifice. Worthiness and identity do not have to result in you being a doormat. Suffering for justice is not a sign of weakness. Being silenced for speaking truth or loving boldly when others hurt you is not evidence that you're a fool. It's evidence that you know the One who rules the upside down Kingdom. That you bow your heart and life before the One who is both the sacrificial lamb and the lion of Judah, the Prince of peace, and the Great I am. He is the voice that matters.
And His voice thunders throughout the earth louder than any voice.
Hear Him say to you, child...
Love IS risky, and it WILL cost you, but I know ALL about that!!
Do not fear what the world fears. For what benefit is it to you if you safely and securely inherit the whole world, but give up your soul or never know my voice? If you look at My life and model it in sacrifice- by loving others as you love yourself, and showing mercy and kindness even to your enemies- sure, your voice may be quieted or even silenced, but mine will burst forth triumphantly on your behalf when the timing is right!
Beloved, your humility IS your glory, just as it is mine! I promise to lift you up with my very own hands. For the sake of My Glory, I will never forsake you! Trust me, for I alone hold your heart and the whole world in My hands. You can find security and identity in who I have made you to be. And you can find peace while entrusting everything you are and all that you have to me. Follow me! And I will fill your life with the good things of God. I will listen to every desire of your heart and shape MY very own dreams and passions inside of you. Your life will be radiant like a city on a hill, and I will bring great glory to my Name through you!