Following Jesus requires complete surrender. In the words of the songwriter, “All to Jesus, I surrender, all to Him, I freely give.” This is so true, for there cannot be any half-hearted followers. To walk with Christ, requires absolute obedience and sacrifice, as well as discipline. In fact, the Master said in Luke 9:23, “’If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me’”. We have made this matter of following Jesus too easy. Not only that, but some of us follow Him for the wrong reasons. We are not called to follow Him to see what we can receive from Him, but to see what we can give to Him. In John 13:36, we find these words:
‘Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, ‘You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.’”
Peter, not wanting to take no for an answer, indicates he is willing to lay down his life for the Master. He wants to know why he can’t follow Him, but the Master knows that Peter is not fit for the journey. Peter has not counted the cost to follow Him. Prayerfully, today, we have counted the cost of following the Master and we are willing to go all the way. It has more benefits than disadvantages.