Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Surrender it ALL?

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Do I really have to surrender it ALL?

People are often hesitant to become a follower of Christ because they think it will mean selling all they own and moving to a jungle. The funny thing is that God never forces us to do anything, which includes moving to a jungle. We have been given a free will to choose. God doesn’t force us to become Christians and He certainly does not force us to live a sold out spirit filled life even after we have become Christians. Ephesians 4:20-32 talks about putting on the new man and putting off the old ways of living. This implies that we have a choice how to live, even after we have become Christians.

This brings me to the subject matter for today. Why choose to surrender all for Christ? We don’t have to; we can become Christians and then decide to live a self centered life. However in Luke 14:33 Jesus says “whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Jesus does not mince words, if you are not willing to forsake all for Him, then you are not His disciple. Later on in Luke 16:13 He says, “no servant can serve two masters,” you can not live for yourself and Jesus, you have to choose one way or the other. Joshua says in Joshua 24:15 “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” God does not force us into how we should live, but He does require that we make a choice. God wants to bless us and wants to use us, but we have to be willing to let Him do the work.

However, choosing to follow Him does not mean a life of wearing a monks robe and having to live in seclusion. It is living filled with the Holy Spirit in our day to day lives and being sensitive to the Spirits leading in whatever situation we find ourselves in. We are commanded in Ephesians 5:18 to be “filled with the Holy Spirit.” God does not call us to Him and then expect us to battle in our own strength. He gives us the strength, through the Holy Spirit, to live a life of victory. If we surrender all to God, He promises to live and work through us. He is only looking for people who are willing to be empty vessels ready to be used and filled with the Spirit. It is not us that has to do the work; we just have to be available. Paul says in Galatians 2:20 “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

One last thing, we are told in 1 Corinthians 3 that there are rewards in Heaven for our work here on Earth. In that day we will find out if the work we did here was in our flesh or in the spirit. There is only one way to know if the work is being done in the Spirit and that is to ask God to do the work through us and through the power of His Spirit. We must wait for this indwelling of God’s spirit and through Him we can see a mighty work done, not just in us but also through us. I don’t know about you, but when I stand before Christ with His eyes blazing like fire I want to know that the work I have done is in the Spirit and that I hear “well done good and faithful servant.”

Thank you Mike for another convicting, encouraging and inspiring post!  

I invite our readers to do a study on the word ALL in the Bible.  Wait until you see just how serious God takes the word ALL.   He doesn’t give in parts – PRAISE GOD!  Nor does He ask for only part of our hearts, mind or bodies.   He wants them all – 100% surrendered to Him.

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