fall-leaves

This fall has been stunning!

The aspens are glowing yellow and the other trees are various shades of red. The apple trees are producing an abundance of apples (and they are amazing). It is just beautiful. It is hard to believe the beautiful fall colors are part of death.

Sam briefly mentioned this in his sermon a few Sundays ago, and it got my mind going. I began thinking how does this relate to us, and I thought about when I lost my Dad. I hated every moment of it, but there was beauty in knowing where he was going. He was entering a place of beauty that we can not even come close to imagining.

Am I fully committed to Jesus?

I started thinking even more and thought of how I need to let parts of myself die to let Jesus have 100% of me. What am I still holding onto that keeps me from being completely committed to Him. Do I let me kids, husband, job, hobbies come before Jesus. I hate to admit it, but I do. I daily allow “things” to get in my way of being completely committed to Him.

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(Painting done by my friend Jerolyn Dirks-Brodeur)

What does total commitment to Jesus look like?

Here are a few scriptures I found…

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21Click To Tweet

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. Mark 8:34-35Click To Tweet

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23Click To Tweet

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Romans 6:6Click To Tweet

What I think total commitment looks like.

From reading the scripture I think total commitment is laying everything out in front of Jesus and saying it’s yours. This would be my joys, my sorrows, my kids, my husband, my fears, my money, everything. Handing everything over to Him and not taking it back, as I am so good at doing. I think it also means letting nothing stand in the way of my being with Him. Starting and ending my day in His word and/or prayer. Plus having a constant prayer throughout the day. I think total commitment is being so in tune with Jesus that I will do everything He calls me to. As hard as it may be there is beauty in letting things die so that I can be completely committed to the one who gave His life for me.

What does total commitment look like to you?

What do you think total commitment looks like? Please share below in the comments. I would love to continue this conversation with you.