I surrender all

 

All to Jesus I Surrender

 

For me to love God with all my heart is to have my will and my spirit entirely set on the accomplishment of what is good for God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33  ESV

I want to be able to say, “There isn’t anything in my life at this point that I would prefer over what is good for God.”  What is good for God is not that hard to figure out and the basic sense of what is good and right helps me understand that. I want to hang out with people who love God with all their heart and who are totally devoted to what is good for God.

If Jesus and His disciples were kingdom minded then I need to find myself there too. I am not too sure that I am getting too much help in this area from the Church – cannot remember the last time I heard a sermon that taught me how.

I believe I understand what my goals are:

  • Maturity – growing in knowledge and experience
  • Ministry – by means of serving as Jesus did
  • Mission – raising up other disciples
  • Multiplication – reproducing more disciples

I also understand that God did not save me or bless me merely for my own. He did because as His disciples I am to be like an advertising agency of the kingdom of God. I believe He wants me to make the kingdom attractive, not just in the sense of admiration but drawn because of how His disciples look and live as representatives of that kingdom.

This is what makes a disciple from others who think they are disciples – they seek God first. God becomes a priority.

Wealth is definitely an issue here. The first part of Matthew six was about the sincerity of being a disciple and here God is calling me to be single minded.

To give up my possessions does not mean I have to give everything away. Giving them away does mean however that I no longer consider anything as my own. It means that as long as I do not believe that everything I have belongs to Jesus I may not be His disciple.

 

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Do not learn the way the world does it

 

Lauren Daigle – Trust In You 

 

Jeremiah gives me this warning. In fact, he might have been saying that I should not be a disciple of this world.

Thus says the LordLearn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them. – Jeremiah 10:2  ESV

Paul stated in Timothy what it means to disciple God’s way.

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,  and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,[a] who will be able to teach others also. – 2 Timothy 2:1-2  ESV

What does “entrust” actually mean?  I think it means a relationship that has intentionality to it. It is not just a transfer of information but there is a loving appreciation of each other, spending time together where time is not only spent in being discipled but also real life.

They hung out together for the purpose of advancing the gospel and for the purpose of multiplication. Paul wanted Timothy to know what it looked like to disciple another. I mean, look at all the relationships in the short verse above – Paul, Timothy, faithful men, others also. I think this is how discipleship works – entrusting the gospel from disciple to disciple, generation after generation.

I am pretty sure there is no formula for discipleship. This chapter in 2 Timothy does give some key characteristics though.

Be strengthened: The Christian life is not easy and disciples need down-to-earth resilience. Not our personal strength but strength in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. It is important for me to remember where my strength comes from.

Able to teach: Down through history master craftsmen have taught apprentices, who then became master craftsmen who taught apprentices. If the chain of teaching had been broken, the craft would have been lost.

Be a soldier: How easy it is for me to think that there will only be blessings and happiness for me as I follow Jesus. With Jesus there was suffering and death. There is no easy road in following Him. I have to be tough.

Do not be entangled: It is pretty clear, obedience matters. There are no debates, distractions or compromises. As a follower of Jesus, I am expected to listen to only one voice – Jesus’.

Follow the rules: Why do I think I can live and walk with Jesus my own way? If I want the prize, I have to know God, His rules and then follow them.

Hard-working: This is the one who receives the first harvest and the largest portion. It involves having a sense that I must be dedicated to loving Jesus, learning about Him and serving Him as a disciple.

Think things over: I know it is not common to take down notes these days. Maybe the sermons are not making a difference. But there has to be some gems in there and if they are there, I need to reflect on them, see the truth and apply them to my life.

 

 

 

 

 

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