So at church today the speaker talked about what it means to accept Jesus. Not much surprise there - it should be somewhere on the agenda every Sunday. But this particular speaker - Glen somebody - from Impact World Tour (www.impactworldtour.com) - said that to accept Jesus is when I lay my life down "so he can live through me".
I know that - I've preached it before! Today I heard it in a bigger way. When I lay my life down so Jesus can live through me -- that means it's not my life anymore! It's a "wholehearted surrender" to God. I want to surrender to God - I think I already have. Somehow this struck me...
Going through my mind was Romans 12:1 "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering." (The Message). That's the Apostle Paul telling us following Jesus is in the details.
When Jesus gave his life for us - when he died on the cross - that was so we could live in eternity -forever - with him.
When I surrender - when you surrender - we are giving up our claims on our life now so Jesus can live in us - today. In the details. What I do; where I go; the way I think, talk, and shop. Not for me but for him.
The speaker, Glen, said there is a battle going on - at the same time the "light is getting brighter, the dark is getting darker." And the battle - "some are engaged in it and some look on".
If you are anything like me we often look for things outside of us to render change. If we choose the right politicians and judges, truth and justice will prevail and the light will increase. Someone "out there" will fix our problems if we just find the right someone.
But it's the details - the details we engage in every day that make the difference. Surrender is sounding much bigger all of a sudden.