I’ve had this song stanza in the back of my mind for months now:

You are my strength when I am weak/ You are the treasure that I seek/
You are my all in all/
Seeking You as a precious jewel/ Lord, to give up, I’d be a fool/
You are my all in all/

I kept thinking about one phrase: “Lord, to give up, I’d be a fool.” When I feel inclined to give up on something that I know is right, I can give my instant mental assent to how bad of an idea that would be. We don’t likely imagine that we will “give up” as in “be done with the whole thing.”

The hardest, most deadly temptations to give up, however, often come in “simply” the form of small changes. Excuses, subtle shifts in desires and priorities, a tolerated sin here or there—they all seem harmless enough on the surface. The thought of Jesus being our treasure is likely still there but perhaps it glitters just a little less brightly to us than it used to. Maybe today (just this once, we say) we’re willing to choose something else instead. “The cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things.” These so-called little things are some of the dangers that Scripture warns will choke the Word, even after it has sprung up eagerly.

That treasure you glimpsed one day, hidden in the field—remember the way you ran to give up everything you had because you had to have that treasure? Think of it: Jesus is just as precious—more precious, in fact, than you ever imagined. To give up on seeking Him would be the most foolish mistake we could make.


“Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
-Hosea 6:3 

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  1. Good thoughts, Amy!

    “The hardest, most deadly temptations to give up, however, often come in ‘simply’ the form of small changes.”

    That’s definitely true. It reminds me of James 1:15, which says, “Desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” Little compromises lead to big compromises. But “blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

    1. Thank you, Jonathan! I appreciate those verses you shared–they speak so well to this. It’s such an important thing to remember, at least for myself, if no one else…but I figured I wasn’t the only one. :)

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