Full Surrender

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In Luke 9, we read of when Jesus sends out the twelve disciples.  Verses 1-3 say: “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases,  and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.  He told them: ‘Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.'”  That last sentence may seem like a strange order.  Francis Chan explains that “Jesus was forcing His disciples to trust Him.  God would have to come through for them because they had nothing else to fall back on.”

When life’s easy, we often tend to forget how much we need God.  It’s in the moments that we have nothing, that it feels everything has been stripped out of our hands, when we realize how much we need Him.

Francis Chan says, “When Christ says to count the cost of following Him, it means we must surrender everything.  It means being willing to go without an extra tunic or a place to sleep at night, and sometimes without knowing where we are going.”  If we knew all the details, if we knew where God was sending us, if we knew exactly when and how He would provide for us, then what would be the purpose of trust?  It’s in the not knowing that we must surrender our plans so that we can trust His.

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