…the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David,
1 Samuel 18:1-3
Jonathan's love came with a huge price tag. Jonathan's love for David meant the loss of everything for Jonathan. Jonathan's love for David cost him his own father's love. Jonathan was siding with God against his father's house. Greater still, Jonathan was taking sides with God against his own life!
When you love the Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ, you are taking God's side against yourself and against your own family. You are embracing the overthrow of everything you know and love. You are accepting the loss of even your own life.
Why didn't Jonathan leave his father's house, where he must die? Why didn't he join with David with whom he would have lived? I asked myself the same question. Why don't I leave Adam's house where I must die? I can't. My heart is knit to Christ in whom I live, but my body is the property of the house of Adam. It must die, and I cannot take it with me to Christ. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50; 6:9). Loving Jesus is an admission that my body must die. Of all the things that must be counted dead for the sake of Christ, my body is at the top of the list. It is part of the price tag.
At the jewelry store, clever salespeople turn all the tags upside down. They hope you will love their rings and watches before you know the cost. The good news is not clever. It is foolish. God shows you the cost before you ever see the jewels. It is not good marketing, but it is the wisdom of God. Are you sure you want the one that costs your life?
Do you love Jesus?
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…
For me to live is Christ.