It is possible and it’s actually the best place to be when you’ve traded in all the stuff of this life for something that can’t be bought with worthless cash or Visa and it possesses limitless value. That something is new life stored up in one person—the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
You will find the key to this treasure in these two Bible passages I’ve listed below. What they tell us is first, before you jump right into what seems a deal too good to be true, you need to figure out if you’re willing to go the distance with Jesus. If you’re not ready to at every minute of the day renounce all that you have (things like cars, cash, reputation, pride and pleasure), you can’t be a follower of Jesus. Second, you need to come to the point in life that you don’t care what you lose, because in comparison to Jesus everything else is pretty much just a landfill and pile of manure.
The Switchfoot song “Hello Hurricane,” perfectly captures the attitude of the person who is living the truth of the Bible. The lyrics go like this:
Everything I have I count as loss
Everything I have is stripped away
Before I started building I counted up these costs
There's nothing left for you to take away
Hello hurricane, you're not enough
Hello hurricane, you can't silence my love
I've got doors and windows boarded up
All your dead end fury is not enough
You can't silence my love, my love
Take the time now to read these two short passages of Scripture and enjoy the song. It’s my prayer that you will be able to honestly sing along.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
(Luke 14:28-33 ESV)
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ … (Philippians 3:7-8 ESV)