January 9, 2020 - I once read where someone said the most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap over a chasm in two jumps. That ranks right up there with the story of the young boy who cut his puppy’s tail off an inch at the time so it wouldn’t hurt so badly by cutting the entire tail off all at once. Both of those little stories illustrate the tragic mistake many people make about Jesus.
Living for Jesus is not a partial thing nor is it a sometime thing. Living for the Lord is an all or nothing commitment. As we have said on many occasions, if Jesus is not Lord of all of your life, He is not Lord at all in your life. Attempting to live for Jesus without a total commitment is like trying to leap a chasm in two jumps. You leave one bank and miss the other. Here is the way Jesus put it. “He that is not for me is against me”, (Matthew 12:30) Jesus Christ will not share a divided heart. We must give him our all, our life, our talents, our service.
The second story shows us another side of commitment to Jesus. You see, commitment to one thing means forsaking something else. We cannot hold on to the Lord and the world. Often, folks try and give up the world like that little boy cut off the puppy’s tail, a little at a time. The result is the same, pain is multiplied.
We must commit every part of our lives to Jesus and give up the baubles of the world in cleaving to the Lord. Let’s resolve in 2020 that we will live for Jesus, wholeheartedly and unreservedly.
It’s something to think about…..TBP
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