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25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27)

A quote by Hudson Taylor is one of my favorites. He says, “Let us give up our work, our thought, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all right into His hands and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to be troubled about or to make trouble about.”

I believe Hudson Taylor is making the point that, as followers of Jesus, we need to learn how to say “Yes” to our Heavenly Father without worry or negotiation. We often see God as the procurer of joy in our life. We want Him to be at our “beck and call,” to serve us, rather than for us to serve Him.

How do we change that? How do we come to the place where we are responsible and obedient to God without condition?

John set a wonderful example of this right before Jesus died. As Jesus was hanging on the cross, John was standing nearby with Mary, Jesus’ mother. Not long before He breathed His final breath, Jesus asked John to take care of His mother from then on. (John 19:26-27) There was no negotiating between John and Jesus. John didn’t ask for time to pray about it or think about it. He just said “Yes” and obeyed his Lord.

How different would your life be if you lived with this mentality? Has God been asking you to do something, but you’ve been reluctant to say “Yes?” If so, I would encourage you to be bold in your faith and to trust your Heavenly Father to lead you down a straight path. (Proverbs 3:5-6) You will never be led astray if you choose to follow Him.

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