Why Surrender to Christ?

Read: Luke 14:25-33

Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (v. 33)

“He’s a Christian, but not too Christian.” It’s said as a compliment, but is it really complimentary? It isn’t possible to fulfill our Christian duty without becoming a little bit radical. Surrendering all to Christ is extreme! In our reading Jesus spells out the non-negotiable conditions of discipleship: we must love Jesus more than anything, even our families; take up and carry crosses; relinquish everything to him. That’s quite a demand. But it is clearly essential in order to be a true disciple of Christ.

Why is this command to “renounce all” necessary? Author Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth points out that “to call him Lord means to say yes: to his will, his word, and his ways. We cannot call him Lord and then proceed to run our own lives.”

It is impossible for us to fully obey him while trying to hold things back from him and attempting to remain in control of our own lives. Surrendering everything to him is absolutely necessary. It is also entirely reasonable. When we think of Christ, who he is and what he did for us, total surrender is the only logical response to his love and mercy.

Isaac Watts expressed this well in his hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”: Love so amazing, so divine / Demands my soul, my life, my all.

As you pray, ask God to help you to willingly surrender to him.

About the Author

Jessica Heikoop was a writer and editor from Ontario, Canada. Beloved by her family and community, she died in 2013 at the age of 31.

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Finding Freedom in Surrender