The Surrendered Life… what does it mean to be a Christian?

Let Go and Let God into Your Life

Jesus’ invitation is:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

(Matthew 11:28-30)

This Journey with God, who is the Author and Creator of each of our lives, begins when we are honest and humble enough with ourselves to recognize that in every area that we are seeking in the natural to find meaning, fulfillment and purpose in our life they all have come up woefully short and empty.

I think we all intuitively know that their has to be more to our life than what most of us have experienced thus far and yet nothing seems to satisfy.

Why not consider for a moment that, just maybe, the One who gave you your life might know best what your purpose is and how best to find fulfillment and abundance?

This is not rocket science and God did not make the Gospel message hard for us to understand, in fact one day Jesus took a little child and set him on His lap and then said to His disciples,
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like this little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

The truth is we each have been created to have this vertical relationship and 24/7 communion with God, and without this connection in our life we ALL are like fish out of water, flopping around on the shores of life, looking for our way back home!

My Utmost for His Highest

The Surrendered Life
I have been crucified with Christ…
GALATIANS 2:20

To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin (which is characterized by our own self will and pride that does not take into account God’s will and purpose for our life – see Isaiah 53:6), but also he must learn to surrender his whole way of looking at things.

Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit.

What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better, but real solid sin.

Actually, that is all He can take from us. And what He gives us in exchange for our sin is real solid righteousness. But we must surrender all pretense that we are anything, and give up all our claims of even being worthy of God’s consideration.

Once we have done that, the Spirit of God will show us what we need to surrender next.

Along each step of this process, we will have to give up our claims to our rights to ourselves.

Are we willing to surrender our grasp on all that we possess, our desires, and everything else in our lives? Are we ready to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

We will suffer a sharp painful disillusionment before we fully surrender.

When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the flesh that shock them, but the awful nature of the pride of their own hearts opposing Jesus Christ. When they see themselves in the light of the Lord, the shame, horror, and desperate conviction hit home for them.

If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determination to go on through the crisis, surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. And God will then equip you to do all that He requires of you.

Come join the Adventure!

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Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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