Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
To “commit” to God means to relinquish control, to give God the reins, to put all our eggs in His basket, to give God the passwords, the power of attorney, the driver’s seat, and the keys. The temptation is to give to God a lease but not the deed. We want to hand over the keys but keep a spare set. We want to be co-pilots with Him.
Jesus will have none of that. He dares us to get beyond a just-get-by-religion. A “what-is-the-least-I-can-do-and-still-go-to-heaven” Christian won’t make it. If we think we have just enough religion to save us from hell, we will find out we don’t have enough to get us to heaven. Christianity never goes on sale! There is no bargain basement or discount outlet. It has one price: everything you have. It is either pay full price or go home empty-handed.
Luke 9:23 – “Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”
Luke 14:26 – “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.”
Philippians 3:8 – “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ…”
Luke 14:33 – “…you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.”
Jesus forces us to change our lives. He demands our time, possessions, and interests. If we are saddle-sore from fence straddling, He says either get in or get out (Revelation 3:15 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!”).
God has always expected first place – He demands either first place or no place at all. He wants to be the first consideration in every decision and the final factor in all steps of life!
Psalm 37:4-5: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”