Surrender ALLLLL to Jesus? Everything? Can’t I just toss Jesus a few crumbs of my life and be ok? What if I move Jesus all the way up to second or third place in my life – right behind my career or family or sports or entertainment or ????? I think I prefer I surrender SOME. Tonight’s study on saving faith will be a real challenge as we consider the radical demands of Jesus for us to exercise reckless abandonment of our lives as we follow Him. Read Luke 14:25-35. Then listen to the song: I Surrender All. Finally, do some self-examination on where you are in your degree of commitment to follow Jesus by faith. Since we are saved by God’s grace through our faith we need to be sure we understand what faith really is.
P.S. Imagine if you took a few minutes each day to forward these morning scripture/song devotionals to co-workers, family, friends, etc.? How hard is that? Maybe they will help a loved one come closer to Jesus. Maybe when this crazy virus goes away they will come to visit Walnut Hill Church of Christ and one day go to heaven. That’s part of Jesus taking control.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”