As Randy led us through Psalm 86 last week, he focused our attention on having an undivided heart.
11 Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
We were asked to spend some time this week thinking through what is going on in our lives that results in having a divided heart. Meditating on this over the past couple of days led me to think about the invitation that Jesus would extend to potential disciples… Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he would say to people “If you want to be my disciple…” or “If you want to follow me…” These statements would be followed by some renunciation… and I mean some serious renunciation! The type of thing that today would only be expected from some larger-than-life heroic super-Christian. Deny yourself? Sell all your possession? Let the dead bury the dead? Don’t worry? Don’t have enemies? Surely Jesus didn’t expect these types of actions from a new convert?
But perhaps what Jesus understood was that these renunciations were necessary in order to create room in the lives of these disciples for a new way of doing things, for a new way of understanding God’s kingdom. And so we too can practice the discipline of renouncing… not that renouncing in and of itself makes us holy, but it creates space where the holiness of God can dwell and reorder our lives or said differently, give us an undivided heart, that we may fear His name.
Many renunciations are a lifelong struggle and God in his infinite mercies will guide us, but don’t be like those potential disciples who upon Jesus’ invitation put down their head and turned away disappointed.
May you have a keen ear to hear that which Jesus is calling you to renounce,