Who Are You Running For?
Robert S. Totman
April 21, 2008
The Spirit of the Lord is saying, “Run swiftly!”
The tide of affliction is quickly rising and those who are weighed down by false gods shall be swept away. As the Bible states, we must throw off every hindrance and the sin that entangles – including self-sufficiency.
Please bear with me.
God promises to prepare a table for you. Why do you work for food?
God promises to house you. Why do you work for housing?
God promises to clothe you. Why do you work for clothes?
Shall I even mention working for money verses relying on God? “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
It is, in actuality, by forsaking these false gods, these idols, in pursuit of Christ that they are then returned to us with proper perspective; we receive mastery over them in Christ as equipping from our Father in heaven to do His will. In Luke 14:33, Jesus said, “…any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Jesus also said, in Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Am I saying that by simply knowing God your needs will be met? Yep! That’s exactly what I’m saying. The question is, “Do you know God?” If so step out already, into the deep! He’s inviting you right now.
It’s only through Christ that one can begin taking possession of his very own soul. If you don’t rule your own mind, will, and emotions in harmony with the Word of God, they will rule your actions and lead you in rebellion to the Lord. Once mastery of this little thing, the soul, takes place a person is free to run the race marked out for them. Then Kingdom life, in subjection to our Father, begins to flourish. The task at hand of repossessing the planet and its inhabitants becomes viable. Christ redeemed everything by the Cross!
In my own life it was only after giving everything up (job, home, possessions) to follow Christ that I began to experientially comprehend these truths which I am sharing. Oh, I pondered them in my heart prior to my practical obedience. Looking back, I see that I was quite smug in my belief that actually doing Luke 14:33 was not required of me. My belief that it was merely an exercise of the heart was incomplete. The parable of the rich young ruler resounded through my being for months – the issue was trust, security. I was challenged again and again by God’s Word. I asked myself, “Is the Word a mirror Robert, or not?” After my active response, I entered into a freedom that was a bit awkward, yet glorious beyond my expectations. Over and over the Lord has said to me, “I’ve delivered you into a spacious place, free of restriction.” Looking back I see that the home which I left behind, its related mortgage, all the stuff in the home, and everything it took to maintain it all, along with a myriad of misconceptions, very much had possession of my soul.
I came to understand that my time had been occupied, stolen by self-sufficiency. Little by little, as I grew to experientially understand that I didn’t need to work for all of those things, I began to witness that God Himself was the need and the subsequent manifestation thereof.
My attitude was transformed from that of a slave to that of a son, “Live to love and to give, trust my Father to provide everything necessary to carry this out. I have ‘credit’ in heaven; my righteousness is equity and I have unfathomable equity - His Name is Jesus! This is the life of a son in the Kingdom of God.” Otherwise, we are merely possessed by the lowly, the ugly, the fruitless lies of the evil one; trapped in a mire of self-sufficiency and unable to run marvelously as we were created to do.
The entire passage of Luke 14:25-35 is about commitment to and reliance upon God. It’s not necessarily, as I’ve recently heard taught, about “planning ahead.” No, instead let God Himself be your plan. Draw from endless means. Rely on Him to show up and you will be empowered to run swiftly!
You have to have possession of a thing to give it away. If you can’t let go of “it,” you don’t own it – it owns you.
Ask yourself, “Who, or what, possesses me?”
John 8:39 “Jesus said…‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works that Abraham did.”