Tag: Absolute Surrender

The Gospel of Christ Admits of No Compromise!

Grace Gemsby Jared Waterbury

“Advice to a Young Christian on the Importance of Aiming at an Elevated Standard of Piety”

“So then, any of you who does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple!” Luke 14:33

The gospel of Christ admits of no compromise. It demands our ALL. If it required less, it would be unworthy of its great author and finisher. I rejoice that it requires ALL–this is its glory. When we are brought to yield to its claims, and give up ALL–then, and not until then, will it throw around us its arms of mercy.

And do we talk about self-denial? Do we say, “It is hard to give up ALL!” I am ashamed to use such language–and ashamed to hear it used.

What did Christ give up for us? Let that question blot out “self-denial” from the Christian’s vocabulary. When you think the Gospel makes severe requisitions by requiring ALL–go up to Mount Calvary and weep over such suggestions. See the blood of your Immanuel so freely gushing from a heart that never exercised towards you any emotion but love–love unspeakable–love unsought–and love for the guilty vile! Go hide your head in shame and penitence at such a thought.

It is a glorious privilege, my friend, to give up ALL to Christ. The soul that feels the constraining influence of His love, asks not how little may be given consistently with obtaining the heavenly reward–asks not for the lowest standard of discipleship. It burns with an ardent desire to devote ALL, and to aim at perfect “conformity to His death.”

Determine, by the grace of God, that you will forsake all, and follow Christ. Do not, like Peter, follow Him afar off–but, like Mary, sit at His nail-pierced feet–like the beloved disciple John, rest upon His sweet bosom.

by Jared Waterbury

Have You Ever Been Alone With God? Part 2

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

When He was alone . . . the twelve asked Him about the parable —Mark 4:10

His Solitude with Us. When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted desires, a broken friendship, or a new friendship— when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us. Notice Jesus Christ’s training of the Twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were confused. His disciples constantly asked Him questions, and He constantly explained things to them, but they didn’t understand until after they received the Holy Spirit (see John 14:26).

As you journey with God, the only thing He intends to be clear is the way He deals with your soul. The sorrows and difficulties in the lives of others will be absolutely confusing to you. We think we understand another person’s struggle until God reveals the same shortcomings in our lives. There are vast areas of stubbornness and ignorance the Holy Spirit has to reveal in each of us, but it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Are we alone with Him now? Or are we more concerned with our own ideas, friendships, and cares for our bodies? Jesus cannot teach us anything until we quiet all our intellectual questions and get alone with Him.

by Oswald Chambers