Abandonment = Leaving All
Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee.… Mark 10:28. Oswald Chambers writes:
Abandonment Doesn't Mean We LOSE!
Jesus corrects the disciples later, "You think you're losing by leaving all? Let me tell you something. You gain far more--100 times as much--by abandoning this world than you lose--not only in heaven, but NOW" (Mark 10:29-30).
Abandonment is not for anything at all. We have got so commercialized that we only go to God for something from Him, and not for Himself. It is like saying—‘No, Lord, I don’t want Thee, I want myself; but I want myself clean and filled with the Holy Ghost; I want to be put in Thy showroom and be able to say—“This is what God has done for me.” ‘If we only give up something to God because we want more back, there is nothing of the Holy Spirit in our abandonment; it is miserable commercial self-interest [emphasis mine]. That we gain heaven, that we are delivered from sin, that we are made useful to God—these things never enter as considerations into real abandonment, which is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.
Odd That We Accept Family As Roadblocks!
When we come up against the barriers of natural relationship, where is Jesus Christ? Most of us desert Him—‘Yes, Lord, I did hear Thy call; but my mother is in the road, my wife, my self-interest, and I can go no further.’ ‘Then,’ Jesus says, ‘you cannot be My disciple.’
The test of abandonment is always over the neck of natural devotion. Go over it, and God’s own abandonment will embrace all those you had to hurt in abandoning. Beware of stopping short of abandonment to God. Most of us know abandonment in vision only.