“Any One of You Who Does Not Renounce All that He Has (Lk. 14:33)


I think there is more at stake here than meets the eye.  I think there is more at stake than our relationships and our possessions.  I think the renunciation of all that we have is the means by which we find our identity in Christ. We must abandon everything in our lives that would seek to define us apart from Jesus Christ.

Do not let your money define you.  Do not let your possessions define you.  Do not let your relationships with other people define you.  Christ is your identity.  Your identity should be found in following Jesus, not in your favorite sports team, the clothes you buy, the car you drive, or the way you present your family.

To be found in Christ is more than being a dad.  To be in Christ is more than impressing others in a worldly system.  To be found in Christ is to be following Him, worshiping Him, and trusting Him. Christ is our true and better riches, those found in him are wealthy beyond all compare (He is our treasure).  He i s our true and better family who has gone to great links to  to adopt us into his family.

Father,

I am yours today.  I renounce all other claims on my life.  I am what you define me to be.  I am trusting in your plan’s and purpose.  Lead me, I’m following… whatever the cost

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