Jesus said to all of his followers, “If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’ as your own, and surrender to my ways. For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more of true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep.” Luke 9:23-24 TPT
As I read this, I remembered a game we used to play as kids called, ‘Follow the Leader”. There was one leader (usually the oldest sibling), and everyone had to follow her. If she climbed the stairs, you climbed the stairs. If she rolled down a hill, you rolled down a hill. This would only work with one leader.
If you’re confused here, let me explain. Jesus is the leader and we are to follow him. We follow by joining our lives to His, going where He leads us, doing what He did, saying what He said. He came to reveal to the world the love of the Father and that He longs to do life with them.
Some people assume that believing in Jesus gives them the right to live life the way they want, after all, they just wanted eternal life in heaven, they didn’t actually want to do anything. Well I hate to burst your bubble but part of being a Christian is to submit to His Lordship and that means surrender.
Surrender to His plans. Surrender all your old ways, your old hurts, your bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. But in exchange, He gives you His peace, joy, provision, healing and takes you on a journey that’s exciting and shows you things hidden from those who don’t want to really know Him. Relationship with God has perks. He shows you what life in the Spirit looks like. He backs you up with power and authority over all the power of the enemy.
No it’s not easy, but who wants easy? Easy is boring! Easy is comfortable. Easy has no challenges. Easy has no rewards. I want a life that’s exciting and productive, making God’s vision come to pass in the earth. His Kingdom has come and it’s in me. He wants His will to be done in the earth through you and me.
So surrender! Let it all go and dive into the deep pool of the unknown in tandem with the God who created you, who’s Spirit is in you. Listen as He speaks and calls you to take new territories and discover His master plan for you. Get ready for change!