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Transcript of Full Surrender
Not a simple decision
to yield to the possession or power of another;
deliver up possession of on demand or under duress
Impossible with man
What is something you would
Desire for control
Is it worth it?
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
"He looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like"
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
We want a comfortable safe life. To be a casual Christian.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We can live a life of full surrender because He earns our "gold medal" for us through His perfect sacrifice.
Jesus asks us to weigh the costs first.
Some obstacles to our complete surrender:
Why would you ever casually call yourself a Christian if you knew it would completely alter your life?
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’”
And a ruler asked him,
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
And he said,
“All these I have kept
from my youth.”
But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
“One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
When Jesus heard this, he said to him,
seeing that he had become sad,
“How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Those who heard it said,
But he said,
“Then who can be saved?”
“What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
And he said to them,
“See, we have left our homes
and followed you.”
And Peter said,
“Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “
Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.
” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled,
“He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “
Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold
And Jesus said to him,
“Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Possible with God
How do I biblically surrender?
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.
He is worth trusting
Also read: John 1:6-10
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
God's "good" is better than your "best".
Because He has already worked out your "routine" and performed it with a perfect score.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
What does that practically look?
VS. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
VS. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Pray for each other
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Paul surrendered his reputation, freedom, & physical health through the power of the Holy Spirit because of the eternal reward!
Immediately they left their nets
and followed him.
"Risk, Reason, and the Decision making process" - Harvard Review
But the safest life is not in our own hands.