Yes Lord, Yes!

Yes Lord, Yes!

Peter demonstrated great courage in response to Jesus’ invitation.

He got out of the boat during a boisterous storm and began walking on water. But immediately Peter’s circumstance created greater fear than courage. Sinking, he quickly called out, “Lord, save me!”

Belief Means Obedience

Years later, Jesus illustrated that the gospel message should be preached to both Jew and Gentile, and this same disciple said, “Not so, Lord!” Unfortunately, this time Peter resisted the authority of Jesus to govern his life.

If we honestly believe that Jesus is our Savior and Lord, we cannot say, “Not so, Lord!” If we say He is our Lord, then we must obey Him and answer yes to His commands.

Many people call out to Jesus for the blessing of salvation but intentionally resist the blessing of obeying His word. “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him” (1 John 2:5).

Contemporary Christianity seems to impart this message: “Thanks for the salvation, Jesus. Now please excuse me while I live for myself.” But Jesus told his disciples that “if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24).

[tweetable]“Your kingdom come, Your will be done” has been replaced with “My kingdom has come, now let’s have some fun.”[/tweetable]

No Dress Rehearsals

Some Christian families are convinced that attendance on the sports field is more important than attendance at church.

Out of sincere love for their children, some parents make a huge sacrifice of time and finances to be their child’s taxi, cheerleader, butler, and coach. But when those children reach high school and go off to college, will they know how to win the spiritual battles of life? [tweetable]Parents must consider the eternal consequences of spiritual neglect.[/tweetable]

Our most important priorities in life will likely become the most important priorities to our children.

Whatever we demonstrate as our most important priorities in life will likely become the most important priorities to our children. Parenting offers no dress rehearsals. [tweetable]There are no second chances to train and lead our children in the ways of the Lord.[/tweetable]

We want the blessings and benefits of Christ and His church, but we want to make them quick, friendly, and convenient. We want to make them feel good.

I wonder, is there any time for the conviction of the Holy Spirit? Is there any time for the comfort of God’s Word?

Humbly Surrendered

Some relate to Jesus like a time-share program. Jesus can be their Savior today, and in the future He can become their Lord…when they have more time.

Lord, I need salvation! But don’t ask me to be Your servant.
Lord, I need direction! But don’t ask me to read Your Bible or pray.
Lord, I need a job! But don’t ask me to give money to Your work.
Lord, I need joy! But don’t ask me to show up every Sunday at Your house.
Lord, I need hope! But don’t ask me to share Your gospel message.
Lord, I need comfort! But don’t ask me to live a pure life.
Lord, I need to change! But don’t ask me to be available for You.

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminds us of this important truth: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Perhaps this true or false quiz will help you make more fruitful choices today:

  1. I’m satisfied with my personal study of the Bible.
  2. My prayer life is consistent.
  3. I attend church once a week or more.
  4. I’m available to serve others.
  5. I consider myself a generous giver.
  6. I’m involved in discipleship with my children or someone else.
  7. I’ve built accountability into my life through significant Christian relationships.

Be encouraged. I take this quiz often.

And with the help of the Holy Spirit, God is giving me a heart of gratitude as I humbly surrender and say, “Yes, Lord, yes!”

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