This week, my household encountered the music of ‘For King and Country’. We have listened to a few of their songs without realising who sang them, but we spent a lot of time watching a video of their song ‘Amen’. The video is amazing with lots of meaningful aesthetics and each scene symbolized an aspect of our Christian walk. We had it on replay for a looong time but a certain line of the song lingered longer…
“You gave it All for me, I will give it All for you”
”All’ is a tall order for sure but it is exactly what we are called to do. For God so loved the world that he gave his ”All’, in receiving His gift, we too come into this covenant of loving exchange.
Jesus told to the young ruler that anyone who wants to follow Him must be willing to give up All. What does that mean? It simply means anyone who wants to follow Jesus must be willing to give up everything especially ‘self’. By accepting the lordship of Christ, you simply agreed to give up ‘All’.
The explanation is the simple part, the action is where I suspect it gets challenging. God is not looking for the lukewarm, you cannot ask Him to set your heart on fire and then stay warm. Anyone on fire is hot, hot, hot.
Our Christian walk is a walk of daily surrender, in essence, when you wake up every morning, you reaffirm your allegiance – an act of surrender, and then you walk out your salvation with fear and trembling. Working out your salvation is fancy for saying when you interact with the world, put Jesus on display in the way that you speak, act and think. It means acting like Jesus will, it means knowing what Jesus will do and doing it. A lot of us know what Jesus will do, we just don’t do it.
What is All? It could be everything and anything that you hold dear.
- God may not tell you to go and sell all your stuff like He told the young rich ruler but if He does, would you?
- God may not ask you to give up your child like He did when He tested Abraham but if He does, would you?
- God may not ask you to give up a luxurious life and travel to unknown lands like many missionaries have been called to but if He does, would you?
- God may not ask you to give up your last meal to feed a stranger as He did to the widow of Zarephath but if He does, would you?
- God may not ask you to be His voice in the face of danger and persecution like He did with Paul, but if He does, would you?
Don’t be in a hurry to answer these questions, just let them sink in as we do daily. Then pray for the grace to daily surrender your cares, burdens and worries and yield totally to His will.
For your listening pleasure, here is a link to the song – https://youtu.be/jThYchneZvw
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