READ : Luke 14:25-33
Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (v. 33)
“He’s a Christian, but not too Christian.” This is often said as a compliment. We think
of surrendering all to Christ as a bit extreme. Isn’t it possible to fulfill our Christian
duty without becoming a radical? In our reading Jesus spells out the non-negotiable
conditions of discipleship: we must love Jesus more than anything, even our families; take
up and carry crosses, as well as then relinquish everything to him. That’s quite a demand.
But it is clearly essential in order to be a true disciple of Christ.
Why is this command to “renounce all” necessary? Author Nancy Leigh DeMoss points out
that “to call him Lord means to say yes: to his will, his word, and his ways. We cannot
call him Lord and then proceed to run our own lives.”
It is impossible for us to fully obey him while trying to hold things back from him and
attempting to remain in control of our own lives. Surrendering everything to him is
absolutely necessary. It is also entirely reasonable. When we think of Christ, who he is
and what he did for us, total surrender is the only logical response to his love and
Isaac Watts expressed this well in his hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross:
Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Father, help us to willingly surrender to you.