Surrendered Devotion

To be a follower of Jesus is to be more than a casual acquaintance. It is to give Him his rightful place of honour and pre-eminence. He [God] is to be first, above all else.

Jesus may call us friends. We should call Him, Master.

I am a child of God. Yet I am also a slave to Jesus.

It’s such a peculiar truth. It seems almost wrong to say it. Slavery is wrong. However, with Jesus as my Master I am bound to Him, however I experience unrivalled freedom. I live within His boundaries and enjoy a life kept within the pleasant places He leads me to. All that I need I can receive from Him.

And so I am challenged, convicted maybe and brought to a place of surrendered devotion.

Not devotion through obligation or arm-twisting but through surrender. I lift my arms to Jesus and give myself away to Him, I surrender. I can’t explain it, I just know its the right thing to do.

To not surrender seems uncomfortable and awkward. To not give Him first place, to not seat Him on the throne of my life is making me the master of my life and destiny. Surely in doing that, I reject Jesus and live only on what I know is best and what I have control of. That life will always be limited.

Words are difficult to find that can express this fresh revelation of Jesus. I pray that all would experience it and willingly abdicate control of their life and place it in the hands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Let Jesus Reign

Of The increase of His government and peace there shall be no end [Isaiah 9:6]

If we have been in church over Christmas then we have most likely heard this verse. If you’re like me though, this is all so familiar that we may not dwell long enough to actually consider its impact. 

Government speaks of rule, authority and leadership.

Government can be uncomfortable, disagreeable, burdensome and harsh at times. Often times I just don’t like it despite the knowledge that it is meant for my benefit. 

Yet the government of Jesus is not the same after all He tells us that, ‘his yoke is easy, his burden is light’.

We all have times in life where we will struggle, where we will not know what to do. The important question is whose lead will we take during these times? 

This verse in Isaiah encourages me that when His government increases then His peace increases too, which sounds like a great deal to me. 

Lord, give me the faith to allow You to reign over all my life in 2015. Help me to give you permission Lord for your government to increase in my life, for You to truly rule and reign. I know it may be uncomfortable at times but I also know that You are for me, not against me, that Your plans and purposes are the best ones. Amen.