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By Oswald Chambers

 

I have been reading through the 30-Day Edition of My Utmost For His Highest on the YouVersion app and this morning it really spoke to me. It made me ask the question – am I truly surrendered to Christ in EVERY area of my life? Not just on Sundays, or days I feel like surrendering, or just when it is convenient for me but EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Oswald Chambers says this about the Surrendered Life:

To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also 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.

Breath on me, Breath of God, until my mind and spirit are in suitable adjustment to You. Shed abroad liberty and purity and power among and in us all.

Have you surrendered EVERYTHING in your life to God?


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I am currently reading a book entitled “Not A Fan” by Kyle Idleman. In this book, Mr. Idleman defines the difference between being a “fan” of Jesus and actually being a “follower” of Him. This book challenges us to consider what it really means to call yourself a Christian. I will do more of a book review a little later.

As I was reading today, I came across a part of the book entitled “Cohabitating with Jesus”. Idleman opened this part of the book with this quote:

“There is a fear among fans that by going all-in, they’re going to miss out. Fans want to have just enough of the pleasure without having to risk feeling any pain. We want to enjoy what’s available to us without having to sacrifice for it.”

Idleman continues this section by telling a story of a man and woman who are dating and things begin to get serious. He explains that the woman is ready to get married but the man is not ready for the full-commitment of marriage. Instead, the man has the suggestion of living together. The man wants all of the benefits of marriage  but without having to make a full commitment to the woman.

He continues by quoting a portion of a satirical magazine called The Door, and this is what really caught my attention. This piece suggested that unmarried couples living together should share the following vows:

I, John, take you, Mary, to be my cohabitant, to have sex with and to share bills with. I’ll be around while things are good but I probably won’t be if things get tough. If you should get a cold, I’ll run to the drugstore for some medicine. If you get sick to the point where you can no longer meet my needs, then I’ll have to move on. Forsaking many others I will be more or less faithful to you for as long as it feels good to me. If we should break up, it doesn’t mean this wasn’t special for me. I commit to live with you for as long as this works out.

Wow! How many times have I been guilty of doing this to God? How many times have you? We want to have a relationship with Jesus but we don’t want it to cost us our whole lives, much money, much humiliation and at most – our time! We basically want our lives we are living with a “little Jesus on the side”! We want to cohabit with Jesus and have all of the benefits but don’t want it to cost us too much!

By the way we live our lives, we are telling Jesus, “Well, as long as I don’t have to give up too much or do too much for you, then I’ll say that I’m a Christian. But when the going gets tough, then you better count me out. I still want to do “my thing” but when it is convenient for me, I’ll follow you.”

THIS IS NOT WHAT JESUS WANTS FROM US! HE DOES NOT WANT PART OF US – HE WANTS THE WHOLE OF US!

Luke 9:23 says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”

This is what God wants from us – TOTAL denial of self and COMPLETE surrender to Him!

Am I willing? Are you willing to give yourself completely to God or would you rather “cohabit with Jesus”?

I Corinthians 10:31 – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”