Imagine a man proposing to his sweetheart.
He says “Honey, I love you and I want us to be married. I promise to take good care of you. I’ll provide for you. You will have the best of everything. I’ll be a good father to our children and give them the best education. All I ask is that you will allow me one day a month to spend with another woman.”
Would a woman accept that offer?
Is that what she would expect of his commitment in marriage?
Or would she expect a complete commitment?
I think we would be very quick to criticise a man who made that sort of commitment – but are we guilty of the same in our commitment to God?
What did Jesus say?
He said that if I would be His disciple, I must “take up my cross”.
What did He mean?
It would have been very clear to anyone who heard His statement.
Everyone knew that anyone who took up a cross was as good as dead.
He was on the way to be crucified, with no possible outcome except death.
Jesus was clearly saying, as Paul also said later,
that we are to count ourselves – our own desires, our own will, as DEAD.
We are no longer our own, but we belong, completely, to God.
Word from Mr Anon:
# God does not want a 90% commitment or even a 99% commitment.
He wants – and is entitled to – a 100% commitment.
# ANYTHING that takes God’s place is OUT of place
# To withhold ONE thing from God is THEFT – for everything is His.
# One live coal can set a whole stack on fire.
The Lord is King! I own His power,
His right to rule each day and hour.
I own His claim on heart and will
And His demands I will fulfill.