YES?! Again? YES!
"...From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much, even more will be demanded." Luke 12:48
I know the pressure that comes after you say "yes" to the Lord, for real, the first time.
The pressure you feel after that "yes" is actually directing you farther down until your spirit and soul is completely laid prostrate before the Lord. The hardness in the process of submission comes when we keep resisting the pressure and we disobey those things the Lord places on our hearts and minds to do, say, or go. But the ease of submission can be found every time we say 'yes'. Now, don't get me wrong the process is still a process👀, but the more we say "yes", the more easier it is to keep submitting, there is more grace accessed when we go the Lord's way instead of our own.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight."
So in reality, salvation was just one "yes", but when living a kingdom life it requires more than one yes. In kingdom, "yes' is a key to access a new door/a new season in Christ.
Honestly I believe many of us in the Church have been operating off of our first 'yes' for a while now. But if you're feeling pressure and unsatisfied with where you are in life, ministry, purpose than we must begin to understand that 'yes' is not only a key but an accelerant. You want to get unstuck? Tell the Lord "yes" again.
But first, count the cost. Now many have realized there are levels to obedience. Here's an idea of where some of us might fall.
1. Many have already counted the cost and unfortunately many have decided the cost was too great to pay. Because truly, salvation is free but sanctification, consecration, purpose...now that costs. That is not at all free.
2. Many have decided the cost was necessary and decided to go forth in their process . Not always hitting the mark, but their hearts are always positioned to please the Father.
3. Then there are also many that have said the cost is too much to pay, yet have decided to still try to obtain what's on the other side of their sacrifice without actually sacrificing anything.
Let's stay here for a minute. This is expressed through individuals who have an apt for complaining about the stagnation and their circumstance yet fail to see that God orchestrates their situations just to get a "yes" out of them. Individuals who refuse to open up their mouths and say in their hearts "yes" cut corners in purpose and they operate from a low place. There is no excellence, only mediocrity. Pride lives here. For in truth there is no way we can serve a High King, the highest without his representatives living high as well. And to think we don't have to carry our own cross when our Savior did that and more.
"Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?"
I don't believe you're mediocre. The Father, The King, The Sovereign has called you for more! You know it too, you can feel it. The pressure, the pull, the push, the yearning, the ache of more. You're not imagining it.
So, I pose a question to you..do you think just one "yes" will do?
Not in these finite flesh bodies. To access the more requires more "yes's". To be a true son of God requires our complete submission. If we were perfect, in this context, meaning without flaw in character, one "yes" would go all the way. But since Adam fell, there is no trust to be had in our flesh. The stuff we have to navigate through in sanctification can cause our wills to vacillate between too many opinions, The Lord's being one of them.
The beauty of sanctification is that it creates an opportunity to kill every other 'god'(idol, idea, opinions, preference etc..) until the only one who remains is HIM. Don't be discouraged here. Your 'yes' will cost you EVERYTHING and it will always be worth it, because He's Worthy!
Additional Scripture References:
A LION LIVES HERE.