23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23 – 24 ESV
The Only Thing
Whole hearted devotion is the only thing that will fully satisfy the Lord. While He loves us always, He is only pleased when all our strengths, powers, and resources are fully placed at His disposal for the fulfillment of His interests.
We Often Withhold
Unfortunately, we often withhold ourselves from the Lord. We give just enough to satisfy ourselves, but not enough to satisfy Him. In this case our emphasis is all wrong. We should be looking to the Lord to draw us into the relationship that He wants. Instead, we often try to figure out how little we can get by with and still be in a relationship with Him. Then we wounder why we do not see the victory or effectiveness we see or read about in the lives of others.
Calling for More
I believe the Lord is calling for more from us. Full surrender is the only thing that will make a true prayer life sustainable. This type of surrender is the only thing that will see the Lord’s power released in and through ministry. Each of us must decide what we are going to do.
During this season of Lent, let us all examine ourselves in this regard. Only those who are fully surrendered to the King will know both the joys and the privileges of living in the Reign.