Luke 14: 25-33
I recall hearing someone, when I was a boy, say that faith should be spelled "Forsaking All I Take Him". That is exactly what faith in Christ involves, giving up all to Christ and for Christ. Our Lord said, "Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." That simply means this: Either we will be servants under the dominion of King Jesus, voluntarily giving up all to his claims, or we cannot be saved. We may not be required to give up anything literally. But surrender to Christ must be just as real in our hearts, as if we had actually given up everything, down to life itself. Our Lord demands total, unreserved, unqualified surrender. The rich young ruler did not perish because he would not believe on Jesus to save him, but because he would not bow to Christ the Lord as sovereign over him (Luke 18:18-23).