Today’s Scripture: And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. Matthew 21:44

A few months ago, we took our daughter to see Washington, DC. We entered Arlington Cemetery and saw thousands of gravestones of men and women who paid the ultimate price for their country. Just seeing all those headstones was moving. We wound our way up to the top of the hill to the General Lee’s estate. Touring the house, we noticed a desk on the left before we walked outside. It is the desk where on April 20, 1861, two days after being offered command of the Union Army, Robert E. Lee wrote his resignation letter from the Army of the United States. He decided to fight for the south instead since he was from Virginia.

Two days later, at the Smithsonian American History Museum, we saw the desk where on April 9, 1865, less than four years later, General Lee surrendered to General Grant and the Union Army at Appomattox Courthouse. Grant accepted and signed the surrender at that desk.The first time, Lee had broader options. The second time, his options were greatly reduced.

In Romans 14:11, the Bible tells us that every knee will bow to Jesus. The question is when. If you resist now, while you have greater options, you’ll eventually not be able to resist – and you won’t have any options.

The advantage of early surrender to Jesus is that you are simply broken, not ground to powder. Jesus wants willing allegiance from us, not forced surrender. The course of the Civil War would doubtless have changed dramatically if Lee had made a different choice. Likely, far fewer men and women would have died.

Today is an important moment in your life. You have a big decision to make, regardless of whether or not you are sitting at a desk destined for a museum. Will you fall before Jesus and trust completely in Him? Or will you resist until you’re ground to powder? Make the best choice the first time-don’t wait to be forced when you show up at the second desk.

Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan