Selling Out…


“May you always be sold out for Jesus.”

We had a baptism service last week, and this is what a mother told her young son right before he was baptized. I loved it.

Here at The Esau Project I talk a lot about selling out or compromising as a derogatory term. I’ve never addressed it as a positive thing, though. I’ve always believed the mantra, If you’re going to do something, do it all the way. I’m not saying I’ve always lived by it, but I’ve always believed it.

I love a good story. Everyone has one. Some have happened a while ago. Some are happening now, and some are just getting ready to happen. God will move in your life and you will have a story of redemption if you’ll let Him.

So here’s what I’m thinking. I want to share these stories. I don’t want The Esau Project to just be about the things we do to trade our futures. I want to bring light to the fact that we probably make compromises that we don’t even realize a lot of the time, but I also want to share the stories of the ones who didn’t compromise.

There are a lot of them. From Nehemiah to Esther to me and you, there are stories of victory and redemption and grace and peace and love. You are a story of victory. There are stories that have happened and there are stories that are just waiting to happen.

There’s a movement called People of the Second Chance. I’m kind of in love with it. They’ve started a new campaign called the Never Beyond Poster Series.

“We all have people we would and wouldn’t give a second chance — lines drawn and beliefs formed about who we could forgive.


POTSC is launching the NEVER BEYOND Poster Series: 25 posters representing well known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society. This campaign consists of digital and print posters and the full collection will eventually be displayed as a touring art exhibit.

The campaign draws out themes of forgiveness, grace and what a pathway to a second chance looks like.”

These are redemption stories just waiting to happen.  There’s hope for everyone.  We’ve got to do our job and extend grace.

Think of your story before God gave you a second chance. Now, tell me your story now that He has.

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  • My second chance life is a whole lot prettier than my life before it, believe me! God took a filthy, dirty life full of lies, betrayal, drugs, mistreatment, and unhappiness and gave me a second chance for a life full of family, friends, potential, hope, and love.

    POTSC’s Never Beyond campaign is near and dear to my heart, as well; without my God of second chances, I’m not sure I’d be here to share radical and scandalous grace with others!

    Thanks for your post!!

    • Thanks, Angela. Grace is scandalous. None of us deserve it, but I’m so thankful for it! Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to see all the posters!!

  • I have so many stories of how God has transformed my life, not only in turning me around from deadly paths, but in adding beautiful people to my life that I wasn’t even looking for. He has a way of making great stories, stories that when are shared, people want to experience for themselves. He longs for us to be Hungry for Him. A good story makes people very hungry :o) Great post!!!

    • Thanks for sharing, Judy! I love a good story!

  • I’m sure I have stories, but the ones I was thinking of while I read this post were some of the people that brought the Bible to us in English. We have been studying the history of the Bible in Sunday School. Several of the were persecuted, some unto death, because they believed so strongly in the Bible being for everyone. Men like Thomas Linacre, John Colet, and William Tyndale.

    Linacre was one of the first that could read Greek and Latin. He discovered how corrupt the Latin had become because people had added things to it, like indulgences. That was actually in the Bible at one time! Linacre started translating it and people were hungry for it. Anyone caught with a Bible in any language besides Latin was killed.

    John Colet translated the Bible from Greek to English aloud for as many as 20,000 people.

    William Tyndale actually printed the first Bible in English. Every version the government and pope could get their hands on was burned, but thanks to the printing press he kept printing more. He was eventually caught, imprisoned, strangled, and burned at the stake.

    These men were sold out for Jesus and thanks to their dedication we have a Bible we can read today. We know the words of Jesus because they faithfully translated it from the original language into our language. Amazing!