Categories: Devotional, Prayer
As followers of Christ, in order to live out fully the life God has called us to, we must surrender to the fact that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. When we surrender control of ourselves over to God He will make us into His masterpiece and do great works through us. (Ephesians 2:10).
In Luke 22, Jesus goes and prays alone to the Father on the Mount of Olives. In verse 42 Jesus prays this: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Our heavenly father wants to do so much more with our lives than we could ever begin to fathom. The one thing we need to do in order to make that a reality is to take to heart the example of Jesus and give up ourselves completely to the father. Once we die our life on this earth is over. D.L. Moody said that “the world has yet to see what God can do with, for, through, and in the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to God.”
When we surrender ourselves to God we can begin to live the life He has intended us to live. The Holy Spirit will guide us where we need to go. All we have to do is obey and follow; we have to take action. It is hard to do the good works we have been created to do when we are sitting idle. A simple action step is this, “ask, listen, do what He says.” In our time with the Lord we need to ask God what He wants us to do, listen and look for His answer, and then do what He has called us to do. It is that simple. When we seek God with everything, being fully surrendered to Him, He will lead us. When God is the passion of our life, we can trust the desires of our hearts. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
If you have not fully surrendered your life to Christ, what is holding you back? We do not keep our lives apart from God and when we give Him our lives He can do so much more than we can imagine. More importantly, He gives us eternal life through His son Jesus. We can not get this gift unless we give up our lives to God. Jim Elliot said this, “he is not a fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”