Give Up Good by Don Davis

Don Davis is a regular contributor to The Increase and will be providing monthly articles and opinions.


I am not a big social media guy, but my wife, Yannette, loves Facebook. Yesterday Facebook sent her a memory that she had posted four years ago.  We reflected on the fact that at the time, the decision was a huge sacrifice for our family, but in looking back it was one of the best decisions that we have ever made.


Matthew 19:16-26 tells a story of a guy who was unwilling to make a sacrifice. The Bible doesn’t tell us his name, but it does tell us that he was young and very wealthy. He comes to Jesus and asks Him a very important question. “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” (v.16) What a great question. “Keep the commandments,” was Jesus’ reply. (v.17) The man was not only young and rich, he was also delusional, because he tells Jesus that he has kept the commandments, but he knew that something else was missing. (v.20)  Jesus knew exactly what was missing in this man’s life and so He tells the man to sell everything and come follow Him. (v.21) The Bible tells us that the rich young man was unwilling to sacrifice what he had for something that was worth so much more, but when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. (v.22)


Jesus’ message of sacrifice is consistent throughout Scripture. In Matthew 16:24-25 He said, “If anyone wants to follow Me he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”


In every area of life, we have to make sacrifices in order to reach our goals. Although many times we aren’t willing to make the sacrifice that can lead to the breakthrough in our lives. Whether it’s involving a relationship, our finances, making a decision to exercise more, or going back to school in order to advance in our careers, it can be hard to make a difficult decision to sacrifice comfort now for the possibility of having something better in the future.


It is times like these that we must remember that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us when He died on the cross to pay the ransom for our sins. Because of this fact, we should be willing to sacrifice, if necessary in order to gain something greater in our lives.


A wise elderly person told me a long time ago, when reflecting back over our lives, it isn’t the things that we tried and failed to achieve that we regret the most, it is the things we didn’t have the courage to do that will cause us the most regret. May we learn to sacrifice the good in our lives in order to achieve something greater.


– Don Davis


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