The Door of Full Surrender

August 9, 2006 at 11:28 pm 4 comments

*I got this as an e-mail from one of my Christian friends; I got convicted to pass it along. Blessings!

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. – Job 23:10

I was recently sitting with the leader of a workplace organization as he described a question he poses to workplace believers. “What if there were two doors to choose from; behind one door was the complete will of God for your life and behind the other door was how life could be according to your own preference. Which door would you choose?” The struggle for most lies in the desire to follow God completely and the fear of what might be behind the door of full surrender. Most of us desire to follow God, but few of us will do it at any cost. We do not really believe that God loves us to the degree that we are willing to give Him complete permission to do as He wills in us.

If we desire to fully walk with Christ, there is a cost. We may give intellectual assent and go along with His principles and do fine; however, if we are fully given over to Him and His will for our life, it will be a life that will have adversity. The Bible is clear that humans do not achieve greatness without having their sinful will broken. This process is designed to create a nature change in each of us, not just a habit change. The Bible calls it circumcision. Circumcision is painful, bloody, and personal.

If God has plans to greatly use you in the lives of others, you can expect your trials to be even greater than those of others. Why? Because, like Joseph who went through greater trials than most patriarchs, your calling may have such responsibility that God cannot afford to entrust it to you without ensuring your complete faithfulness to the call. He has much invested in you on behalf of others. He may want to speak through your life to a greater degree than through another. The events of your life would become the frame for the message He wants to speak through you.

Do not fear the path that God may lead you on. Embrace it. For God may bring you down a path in your life to ensure the reward of your inheritance. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor. 4:17)

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carriage club  |  August 10, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    Carriage club

    I am Karin, very interesting article that contained the information I was searching for in Google, thanks.

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  • 2. Amber  |  August 16, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    This is a struggle. Especially since it calls for a total trust in God that He will slowly move you from wherever you are to where His will and your will become meshed and there is no discrepancy. I am not sure it is what I want completely, especially since I have always been such an individualist.

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  • 3. Nicole  |  August 21, 2006 at 2:47 am

    Thanks for your obediance in sending this on. I so agree that it is a “nature change” alot of us change our habits and think it’s ok. I for one am understanding more that to fully surrender your life to God is much more than changing or breaking a habit. It takes more than good morals.

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  • 4. Kenyan Analyst  |  August 21, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    @ Nicole & Amber – Amen.

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