In Mark 8 Jesus explains what being His follower means. He uses words like disown your own life, share my cross, surrender to My ways. My mind wrestled with how to truly put this into practice. He’s my Lord and I want to please Him. Disown? Surrender? Am I to put aside my responsibilities and dreams? How do I experience dying to self when so many things needing my attention don’t come with a choice. Do I do nothing but wait for a word of direction from the Holy Spirit, do I ┬álisten for His whisper “this is the way, walk ye in it?”

After praying in the Spirit I heard, “Grant unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.”It seemed God was saying, go about your day doing what life requires, but be ready and willing to die to self-centered desires, your plans and your will when a tough choice arises And surrender to My ways when temptation to do your own will calls for a decision. Let go for Jesus’ sake and the sake of the Gospel. Life in this world demands it due, but giving God my best, my time, strength, will, and all that is in me, sets me free to trust He’ll lead me through each day.

“I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back,”