Fully devoted to Jesus
Mark 10:28 (NIV) Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
As a Christian, you received Jesus into your life because the Holy Spirit revealed to you the glory of God in Jesus and your heart melted at His sight.
You became aware of your lostness, wickedness, and hopelessness without a savior so you surrendered to Him and asked him to save you. You asked Him to become the lord of your life.
The first apostles were clear about something, they had to surrender everything in order to follow Jesus. When they yielded to Jesus as Lord it meant He was Lord of all.
Yes, everything. Yes, all.
They surrendered work, possessions, essentially their lives – Mark 1:18 (NIV) At once they left their nets and followed him.
They were literally fully devoted to Jesus.
They modeled 1 Kings 8:61 (NASB)Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”
It might not look identical to the apostles calling but it should have the same motive behind it.
When Jesus becomes your Lord, He should have complete control over your,
Partly devoted to Jesus
But even though that’s how you felt and you meant it when you first came to Christ, it’s not necessarily how you live now or maybe not what you “really” signed up for.
But can Jesus be lord and not be lord of all?
Hudson Taylor is famously quoted as saying, “Christ is either Lord of all, or is not Lord at all“.
And I believe that is what the lives of those we see in scripture tell us as well.
What does it mean when someone is your lord?
It means they are your master.
They have the right to tell you what to do and when to do it.
Unfortunately, we all struggle with this, I know I do.
I’ll feel a prompt from God to do something but will stand there and argue with Him as to why I can’t, eventually don’t, do what He is asking me to do.
Have you experienced this?
You get mad when you feel a prompt to give more. The thought of having to be inconvenienced or uncomfortable just irritates you.
“I have given enough or I have done enough,” you say.
We do this because we’re partly devoted not fully devoted.
Our hearts are divided and we’re torn between our will and God’s will. Our lips say fully devoted but our actions and heart say partly devoted.
Partly to fully
So how do you go from partly devote to fully devoted?
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
To be a fully devoted follower of Christ you need to get more of Christ. You need to get a glimpse of His glory.
- You need to see the glory in His sacrifice on the cross and His present glory at that right hand of the father.
- Your eyes have to be focused on Him, the moment you takes your eyes off of Him and place them anywhere else, none of it makes sense – sacrifice and self-denial won’t make sense.
When the beauty of Christ becomes clearer, the reality of earth and your life here becomes clear as well. And living fully devoted to Christ will be the only way to live.