“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Gal. 2:20
“He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Mt. 10:39
“Do you want to argue with me?” the Spirit of God asked me one day.
Just a bit earlier, the Lord had given me some big and unexpected news concerning my future in ministry. I had almost immediately put up some resistance, and then the wondering, thinking, worrying, questioning, well, you get the point, it had all begun.
Me, me, me. Flesh, flesh, flesh. All about me. What did I want? What would I do? What did I think? How would it be for me? How would I do it? Did I think there were better options? Me, me –
That’s when the Lord’s question had come.
“Do you want to argue with me?”
Why would He ask me this? For two reasons. First, this is exactly the pathway I had begun to walk down. A well-worn pathway I had spent so much of my life walking down. Well-worn by me, and by all of humanity. The pathway of self, of living for us according to the world’s ways for the glory of self.
Second, He wanted to stop me and lead me to repentance. To turn me around. To turn me away from self and my self-centered thoughts and to turn me to Him and to His will and to do what I needed to do more than anything. To walk down the narrow path. His path. His way. The way of Christ.
To yield myself entirely to Him. Agree to whatever He wanted. Simply seek Him, listen to Him, and obey Him. I needed to purge all the junk from my mind and yield myself utterly to the Lord. Submit myself to Him. Which I would only be able to do if I did this.
Die to self.
Live for Christ.
I was actually relieved when all was said and done. The truth is I didn’t want to argue with the Lord. I didn’t want to question Him, to debate, to reason, to resist, and certainly not to rebel. I had long since surrendered my life fully to Him, and though my flesh had reared its ugly head the moment I gave it the opportunity to do so, I knew better. I knew I needed to get my flesh under subjection, die to self in this matter and in all matters, and say this to Jesus.
Yes, Lord, yes! Whatever you want! I am yours! I live to love and glorify you! In this and in all matters, may your Spirit lead the way! Lead me, Lord! Lead me forth! For you are Lord! Forever!
Why do I share this with you? To encourage you that in all matters, in absolutely everything, submit to Jesus. Don’t argue, resist, debate, reason, or rebel. We are not lord. He is Lord. And for us to act like lords of our own lives is sin against God almighty. We who believe in Jesus as Lord belong to Jesus as Lord. We are His, and to self we must die, and to Jesus we must live.
And, oh, yes, the relief of taking the position we were created to take. Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, His children. His servants. Forever His. In all matters. Not to argue with God almighty, but to say this and to do this.
Yes, Jesus, yes Lord, yes!
May we follow Him now, in this moment, and the next, and the next one, and all the moments, into eternity, forever, His, AMEN!