Put your Yes on the table

We all like control. We like to be the one calling the shots in our own life. Most of the decisions we make are based upon us being able to make sure that things head the direction that we want them to go. Our culture sets the individual up as the King of their own life, sometimes at the cost of others around them. We live in a self-centered society that makes every individual self ordained ruler over their own life. But, the Christian must be careful not to fall prey to this type of thinking. There is only one King and we are not Him!  

The concept of King is foreign to those in the United States, but the Christian should get well acquainted with this concept. We must be careful never to syncretize our culture’s beliefs with the truth of His word. They must stand distinctly separate so that His truth does not become clouded or watered down. His truth must always trump cultural consensus in our hearts, minds, and lifestyles. Paul shares with us the truth that our lives become submissive to Christ as King in 1 Corinthians 5:15 when he says, “and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.” Christians are saved so that they might be freed to serve the King, not so that they can demand their desires and live for their old passions. The joy of salvation is that we are no longer slaves to sin to obey desires that destroy, but we have been freed to become slaves of righteousness so that we might have life! (Romans 6:15-23)

If He truly is King, which He is, than we must place our lives under His authority and Lordship to live for Him. The mentality that Christians should always keep at the forefront of their mind, is that because He has given us life and because He is both “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36) we must say yes to Him before He calls us to obey. The Christian must remember that obeying Christ is not a case by case scenario based upon the situation, it is an all in attitude all of the time. We must put our yes on the table to this loving King before He calls us to obey. It is when we submit to His authority that we find joy and life! So, in your life put your yes on the table before He calls, and live in the joy knowing that it was His incredible sacrifice and His great grace that allowed you to even have the ability to say yes to begin with!