THE PROPOSAL

proposalImagine a man proposing to his sweetheart . . .  He says . . .
“Honey, I love you and I want us to be married.
I promise to take good care of you. I’ll provide for you.
You will have the best of everything.
I’ll be a good father to our children and I’ll give them the best education.
All I ask is that you will allow me just one day a month
to spend with another woman.”

Would a woman accept that offer?
Is that what she would expect of his commitment in marriage?
Or would she expect a complete commitment?

I think we would be very quick to criticise a man who made that sort of commitment –  would we not? . . . but before we condemn the man, maybe we should look at ourselves.

The living God says to every blood-bought, adopted child of His,
“I love you so much that I gave My beloved Son for you,
to die in your place and to bear My wrath as punishment for your sin.
I have bought you so we can be to be together for all eternity.
I promise to take good care of you at all times.
I will provide your every need and undertake for you in every situation.
I will be your strength and will enable you to do great things.
I will never leave you. You will be totally safe and secure in My keeping.”

Jesus gave 100% commitment and He asks 100% commitment in return.

He said that to be His disciple, I must “take up my cross” and follow Him. Just exactly what He was saying would have been very clear to anyone who heard Him. Everyone knew that anyone who took up a cross was as good as dead. He was on the way to be crucified, with no possible outcome except death.

Jesus was clearly saying, as Paul also said later, that we are to count ourselves – our own desires, our own will – as DEAD. We are no longer our own, but we belong, completely, to God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You are not your own. You have been bought with a price.
Therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Is our response to our God any less out-of-place than the man’s proposal to his girl?   Do we tend to hold back a tiny space for ‘self’?

God does not want a 90% commitment or even a 99% commitment.
He wants – and is entitled to – a 100% commitment.

ANYTHING that takes GOD’S place is OUT of place

The Lord is King!  I own His power,
His right to rule each day and hour.
I own His claim on heart and will
And His demands I will fulfill.

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove
what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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8 Responses to THE PROPOSAL

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Angela… thank you for a wonderful posting reminding each of us of the need to give our all for the Lord. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ” You are not your own. You have been bought with a price.
    Therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” This verse that you quoted, truly says it all…. after all He has done for us, how can we not give our all to Him?

    Lord bless you. Thanks again for the encouragement to give my all to HIM.

    • Some may consider it negative or even repulsive to think of ‘belonging’ 100% to someone else – to have no thought of self or self-will.

      I suppose on a merely human level, this could be so, but when we consider the PERFECT God and His perfect love for us, and His desire for the very, very best for us, would we not be foolish to hang on to self? “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22

      To Thee, Thou dying Lamb, I all things owe:
      All that I have and am; and all I know.
      All that I have is now no longer mine,
      And I am not my own: Lord, I am Thine.
      Charles Edward Mudie

  2. Anna Popescu says:

    Cloudwatcher, this is great! You are absolutely correct: “Jesus gave 100% commitment and He asks 100% commitment in return.” Amen, Sister!

  3. admin says:

    Very good analogy. It is easier to look at others and see their lack of full commitment to the Lord Jesus rather than being 100% for him ourselves. He radically loves us and calls for his to be the same towards him.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    Jesus Christ was fully committed to give Himself as a sacrifice. He demands our full commitment.
    We cannot short-change Him. He expects our all.
    This analogy is so appropriate Cloudwatcher. Thank you for this reminder.

    • When we consider the enormous change He has made in our lives and all He has done, is doing and will do for us, how can we do other than give Him our all? We can never be the loser, because He loves us with an everlasting love and desires to bless us even more than we want to be blessed.

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