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Obedience Demonstrates Surrender

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." (Rom.12:1)

For the Church to operate in the fullness of its intended glory, all members must truly believe and trust in Godís Way. We must lay down our fears of "what ifs" and personal "self-interests." We must yield to the fact that we are members of Godís Church. It is His Church which He purchased with the precious Blood of His own Son.

 He places each member where He desires it to be in the Body. God has placed structure and leadership in His Church. God is a God of order and rule and He must always be in control of His Church. As Members of HIS Church, we must surrender to His will as He reveals in His Word.

A. W. Tozer said,- "The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they havenít come to the end of themselves. Weíre still trying to give orders, and interfering with Godís work within us."

God loves His Church and wants to liberate it that it may function properly. We associate surrender with failure but surrendering to God brings freedom not bondage. When we surrender to God, we yield to the purpose for which He created us.

Surrender is best demonstrated in obedience. - you say "yes Lord" to whatever He asks of you. To say "no Lord" is to speak a contradiction. You canít call Jesus your Lord when you refuse to obey Him. After a night of failed fishing, Simon reluctantly surrendered when Jesus told him to try again:"Master, weíve worked hard all night and havenít caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

Surrendered people obey Godís Word, even if it doesnít make sense. . . Surrender is hard work. In our case, it is intense warfare against our self-centered nature. . .Everybody eventually surrenders to something or someone. If not God, you will surrender to the opinions or expectations of others, to money, to resentment, to fear, or to your own pride, lusts, or ego.

You were designed to worship God - and if you fail to worship Him, you will create other things (idols) to give your life to. You are free to choose what you surrender to, but you are not free from the consequences of that choice. E. Stanley Jones said,- "If you donít surrender to Christ, you surrender to chaos." Surrender is not the best way to live; it is the only way to live. Nothing else works. All other approaches lead to frustration, disappointment and self-destruction."

 

 

 

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