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3 Things Meant By: ‘Having a YES in your spirit’

When candidates for the World Race apply, we look for one thing more than anything else. We want to know if they have a YES in their spirit.   To grow spiritually, people need to say “yes” to God. Jesus asked those who wanted to be his disciples to follow him – to have a YES in their spiri…
By Seth Barnes
When candidates for the World Race apply, we look for one thing more than anything else. We want to know if they have a YES in their spirit.
 
To grow spiritually, people need to say “yes” to God. Jesus asked those who wanted to be his disciples to follow him – to have a YES in their spirit. (Luke 9:57-62)
 
You may be saying, “OK, but a big YES to what?”
 
Not only did Jesus have 12 disciples, but at various times, others would ask if they could be his disciples too. Jesus said “follow me” to them. But some couldn’t respond with a YES. They responded that they had other priorities (see Luke 9) or that they had too much to leave (Matt. 19).
 
Here are 3 things implied in having a YES in your spirit: 

1. Yes to Lordship – Jesus asked his disciples to obey. As they traveled, he would ask them to do or not do various things, things that might cause them to fear. He asked Peter to walk on water. He asked him to put down his sword. He asked him to let down his nets. He asked him to love the other disciples.

2. Yes to community – Jesus asked his disciples to love one another – to form honest, servant-hearted, vulnerable community with one another.

3. Yes to change – Jesus has good news for people – he wants to set them free. To follow Jesus and become more like him, we are going to need to change. We must commit to dealing with past issues and hurts that get in the way.

Jesus is always asking his disciples questions. Has he asked you any lately? Has Jesus asked you to change your priorities? Were you able to respond with a “yes”? What would it mean for you to have a big YES in your spirit?

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