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complete surrender

October 13, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

It seems like since I have gotten back from Haiti, every lesson that has come through curriculum, orthrough Romans has this recurring theme in it: complete surrender.  I mean, isn’t that all God asks of us, so why am I surprised?  But I can’t get away from that concept it seems.  

Paul speaks in Romans 1:1 about being a slave to Christ.  That is STRONG language.  Slavery to Christ.  He is saying it is complete surrender to Christ.  He is under the Lordship of Christ.  As Romans continues, Paul talks about sin and how sin in our lives is incompatible with the message of Christ.  At the end of Romans 2 we find that we are to have our hearts changed.  Changing the heart is going from the inside out.  It’s complete.  It starts at the heart, and when the heart changes, everything changes.

Ephesians 2 speaks of the same thing – sin in our lives, but God has given us free grace.  

It’s amazing – it’s the only message that is conveyed in all that I’ve read.  It seems to me that too many times we make Christianity too complicated.  You have to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Christ – oh yeah, and do this and that and this and that.  Have we missed the point of it all when we start tacking on other stuff we have to do?  The stuff that makes us a good Christian boy?  A good Christian girl?  If we don’t cuss, if you don’t chew, or go with girls who do, then we’re a-okay.  If we go to church every Sunday, read our Bible, sing, and teach a class, then we’re okay?  But the message I’ve been reading clearly states that those are valuable things, but it’s the heart that has to be changed.  And the only way to have your heart changed is simply by complete surrender.  

We’re slaves to one of two things: sin or Christ.  We can’t be slaves to both, Christ preached that message.  Paul reiterated it.  When we’re slaves to Christ, it’s a complete and holistic slavery – it touches every area of our life – it’s complete surrender.  This is not to say that we’re going to live perfect lives, but acknowledging our sins and confessing them to Christ and giving our life completely….COMPLETELY to Him – that’s the message I’ve found.

But my problem lies in the fact that….I have a hard time doing that.  Do you?

  1. October 13, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I think Paul’s entire reason for the ministry he carried out was to prove that. He wasn’t just trying to get people to believe like he believes for the sake of belief, he was showing, through his own life, that being a slave to sin is much less fulfilling than being a slave to Christ. The biblical evidence for that is in Roman 6:23.

    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in union with the Messiah Jesus our Lord.

  2. October 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

    So, I’m at school right now. I just thought of something I really need to tell you, so I’m gonna leave it on here. I think we need to sponsor a “doubt night.” People would come in, we’d take donations, and we could just have a huge box where people would put their quesions and doubts about their life and their faith and leave their names off of the papers. We could, of course, pass out papers.

    Then, You and Kevin and I, and whoever you want would start picking random ones out of the box and trying to answer the questions.

    I know everyone at church acts like their faith is great and there is no such thing as doubt, but if it’s anonymous, people could get some answers to real questions they have. Think on it. It’s a great idea.

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