Have You Surrendered?

Have You Surrendered?

Really, have you?

“In the same way, any one of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33 BSB

What is Jesus talking about? Let’s read further back to get the full meaning.

“Or what king on his way to war with another king will not first sit down and consider whether he can engage with ten thousand men the one coming against him with twenty thousand? And if he is unable, he will send a delegation while the other king is still far off, to ask for terms of peace.”

Jesus was talking about counting the cost. Thinking about where you are in life and where you plan to spend eternity. He uses the example of a king, who has a lot at stake. The lives of all the people in his care and his own life and fear of torture, should he lose the war. It’s a very serious calculated decision on the part of the king.

Jesus said the decision should not be made lightly to follow Him either. It’s a decision to surrender to His care, His commands, His Word. In other words,      *”We surrender; we agree to His terms of surrender. This is where and when Jesus functionally becomes the Lord of our life. We are then placing into position His Lordship and removing the rights of the demonic to claim us because of prior dedications. The decision to surrender is weighed against what will be lost if we continue to resist and fight. It is also made considering what will be gained in surrender. Jesus tells us the terms of surrender and conditions for peace that He promises to give. What are the terms? We must forsake all and follow Him. When we are willing to do this, we can have all and follow Him. The rights of any demonic power are revoked because we have surrendered ourselves to Jesus’ Lordship and are His servants.”

Count the cost and decide today. Jesus said if you’re hanging onto anything, you cannot be His disciple! What’s keeping you from raising your white flag? What’s really worth hanging onto in this life? Today, count the cost before it’s too late.

Blessings

*Courts of Heaven, by Robert Henderson


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