Today at 3 PM EST, the NBA trade deadline passes. NBA junkies, like myself, enjoy the days and hours leading up to that time. We have fun guessing the possible trades on the table, and analyzing all of the rumors swirling around about which move each team should make. Displaying

As general managers call each other to propose deals to make a trade happen, I imagine the first questions they ask are, “What are you willing to give up?” and “What players are you willing to let go of?” These conversations help determine the seriousness and willingness to make a trade, and the passion behind receiving a particular player.

The big trade earlier this week was between Sacramento and New Orleans with DeMarcus Cousins heading to the Pelicans. Other teams around the league missed out on receiving him because they weren’t willing to give up what it took to land the All-Star center. New Orleans was willing to sacrifice a few assets in order to receive a much better player.

“What are you willing to give up?” isn’t only a question NBA GMs are asking today, but one that we can daily ask ourselves as followers of Jesus. If we truly want to follow Him closely, we must be willing to surrender what He asks us to, so we can receive all of the many blessings He has available.

Ultimately, we’ve traded our former life for the life we now have in Christ. Each day we must make the sacrifice to let go of anything that holds us back from fully experiencing and wholeheartedly enjoying Jesus and the life He’s given us.

Are we willing to give up worry for God to give us peace? Will we let go of bitterness and anger so we can receive joy? Will we sacrifice selfish pleasure in order to experience abundant satisfaction in Jesus? Will we allow Him to replace our pain with comfort? Will we trade our worldly mindset for a heavenly one?

The Bible says in Romans 12:1-2 (ESV), “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Today, let’s not hold onto the things we no longer need and hinder us from living a holy, renewed, and transformed life. When we sacrifice our lives for Jesus, we are making the best trade possible. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I’m so thankful that You care enough to allow me to trade my pain, selfishness, and bitterness for the spiritual blessings found in You. Please give me the strength to surrender and sacrifice for Your purposes, and help me remain in Your will. I’m so thankful to receive Jesus! In His name I pray, Amen.