Are You Sold Out for Christ?

For those of you keeping up with the current news, or who, perhaps, live near the Atlantic Ocean, you're well aware of this major storm about to hit the eastern coast of the United States.

Dozens of news reporters are on the scene giving viewers a play by play, as the winds and surf pick up in that region.  Many have even gone into major hardware and department stores to show the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  Store shelves are bare and many must-have items are being sold by patrons along the highways for inflated prices.

Those scenes actually correspond to a vision I had a week or so ago.  Though I can't recall where I was at the time, I do remember vividly the details of the vision.  God showed me a store.  In it were rows and rows of shelves completely bare of their wares. 

"Are you sold out to me?"   That was the question running around in my thoughts. 

In each of our lives, God makes available everything we need in this life to experience Him fully.  However, because of our consumer mentality, we pick and choose what best suits our needs and wants, and neglect all the other riches He has laid before us. 

Would the Apostle Peter have chosen to be sifted, or would Paul have picked prison and suffering on his own accord?  Do I embrace trials and hardships with a heart full of thankfulness, or do I whine and complain when things get tough?  How many blessings have I missed because I have chosen not to embrace all that God has supplied?

Paul reminded us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Jesus said in Matthew 11:29-30, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Friends, let's be sold out to Christ just as those stores on the eastern sea coast are sold out.  I challenge you to embrace everything He has to offer, for even in the trials, we reap a harvest of gold when God allows it to do its work in us.

Blessings to you, my friend.