Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:23-24
“He cannot bless us unless He has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There is no bargaining with Him.”
C.S. Lewis in “The Slip of the Tongue” as recounted in The Quotable Lewis (Carol Stream: Tyndale House, 1990) 172.
Whatever we hold back from God is like keeping an “area of death” which will cause us to lose our life. These are strong words from Lewis today, but they merely echo the weighty words of Jesus to the first disciples!
This idea relates closely to my remarks this week to the Korean pastors and their wives about generosity here in Washington state. It also relates to the practices of confession, prayer, and fasting that I believe will be foundational for the work of GTP globally.
Getting rid of these areas starts with you and me. Through confession, prayer, and fasting, we position ourselves to grasp blessing and life because we are surrendering to his loving claim on all we are and all we have.