“Is anything worth more than your SOUL?” Mark 8:37
Jesus said these words after Peter rebuked him and told him that he couldn’t say things like “He was going to suffer and die.”
Jesus is teaching us how to love Him with A SOUL SURRENDERED.
Have you ever known God was asking you to be faithful in a HARD THING and someone, in their innocence thinking they had “your best interest at heart” discouraged you from doing it?
Maybe the Lord is asking you to do something that seems crazy to your relatives, or your coworkers, like adopt, homeschool, or go into ministry, ahem.
Or maybe he is asking you to stay faithful in something that no one else sees, BUT YOU KNOW HE SEES – like staying sensitive to your man’s heart, or consistently disciplining your children.
These things, seen to the outside world or only to The Lord, require a SOUL SURRENDERED.
Because, you see, we could easily take a “way out, thinking, that person is right, I’ve done a lot for God already, my hands are full.”
“Nobody sees what I am going through, this is too hard, it’s time to quit.”
He sees. He wants what He has planned for you. He wants you to trust Him. To lean in close, and surrender your soul to him – step by obedient step.
After all, what if Jesus would have listened to Peter’s heartfelt but earthly thinking?
“You know, Peter is right, I shouldn’t let myself go through the suffering and the cross, Father wouldn’t really want me to do that, would he?”
Where would we be?
Thankfully, Jesus walked out a SOUL SURRENDERED to Father.
Even when suffering and pain, and even death loomed in the near future, he trusted Father.
We can do the same with His power in us, step by step, surrendering.
Trusting His plan is best. Sacrifice is worth it. Suffering is worth it. Dying to ourselves is worth it.
Jesus gave us three steps to SURRENDER:
- DENY YOURSELF
- TAKE UP YOUR CROSS
- FOLLOW ME
It’s not easy, sisters, but He’s WORTH IT. I don’t do it perfect, or even pretty, but I trust that this is the way. Jesus is so beautiful, because He did this. He loved us so much, that he did it.
He asks us to follow in his footsteps of love. To love Him and others in this way.
What is The Lord asking you to SURRENDER today?
How can you love another through these steps, in a self-sacrifical way today?
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