Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Surrendered Self

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. Luke 14: 25, 26

Wherever Jesus went, large crowd followed. People followed him for different reasons. This time Jesus turned to the crowd and said these words which would have made them uncomfortable. Jesus is saying unless you give it all, you cannot be my disciple. He did not say, you cannot be a mature disciple or a committed disciple. He simply says, you cannot be my disciple.

And in that list the last thing he mentions is your own life. I think that's because that's the last thing we give or surrender. 

Peter said he gave up everything for Jesus but we see he had an unsurrendered self. People are willing to give up their family and possession and go into the ministry but they never give up their self. 

Surrendering your self is a daily process. It has to happen everyday, in every conversation, in every decision, in every thought, in every action and every time.

Though the crowd followed Jesus, we could see they were hearts not really following the heart of Jesus. Physically they were following. But internally they were far away.

Surrendered self is a starting point to follow Jesus. 

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