It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
When was the last time you considered what Jesus is asking of you as one of His disciples? I often find myself speaking with many men, women, and students who have not given much thought to this all- important question.
Here is a word that should provide both comfort and challenge for you today, a word rooted in C. S. Lewis’s essay, “Is Christianity Hard or Easy?”
Christ says, “Give me ALL. I don’t want just this much of your time and this much of your money and this much of your work—so that your natural self can have the rest. I want you. Not your things. I have come not to torture your natural self . . . I will give you a new self instead. Hand over the whole natural self—ALL the desires, not just the ones you think wicked but the ones you think innocent—the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead.”
Lewis hit the proverbial nail right on its head; Jesus wants all of you . . . period! And why should He not want all of you? You are His by way of the most costly purchase the world has ever seen: His precious blood poured out on the hill Golgotha. Jesus died in order to bring you into a personal relationship with Him. And by purchasing you with His blood, He made it perfectly clear that His love for you is beyond measure. So why would you ever hold back any of you from Him?
Notice that Lewis said Jesus wants “all our desires.” We can have many very good desires without Jesus. I have often said from the pulpit that “Good things become bad things when they become ultimate things.” Our careers are good things, unless we begin living for them. Our children are good things, unless we begin living for them. Our good desires that do not keep Jesus on the throne of our lives are ultimately bad desires, which is why Jesus wants all of us.
Here is something to remember: There is only room for one on the throne of your life. Either you will be living for Jesus or you will be living for yourself. Who have you been living for lately?
Remember, when Jesus is on the throne of your life, your life will have a meaning and purpose that can be found in no other way. Jesus wants you because Jesus loves you, and He knows what is absolutely best for you—all of you!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!