Thursday, March 20, 2008

Surrender part 3

I just can't get away from it...everywhere I read in the Bible, this theme being fully surrendered to God comes back to scream at me. Remember the story of the Rich Young Ruler? Here's an excerpt from Luke 18, (msg).

"When Jesus heard that, he said, 'Then there's only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me.'

This was the last thing the official expected to hear. He was very rich and became terribly sad. He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go."

The heart of this passage is that last line; those of us who are holding on tight to things and not willing to let them go are going to have a very hard time being a disciple of Jesus. In fact, it's impossible to serve "two masters." Money certainly has and can and does take the form of an idol in many lives, but it's not just money that poses a danger. There are many "addictions" and "idols" in many of our lives and holding tightly to them can and will derail us. So what chance do we have to break these idols?

" 'Then who has any chance at all?' the others asked. 'No chance at all,' Jesus said, 'if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.' "

In other words, Jesus and His Spirit in our lives are the only chance we have to overcome these things. And why is it worth it?

"No one who has sacrificed home, spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children—whatever—will lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!"

Live a life of "worship=surrender."

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