My Will Surrendered
God’s plan for us isn’t going to be accomplished if we are not willing to surrender our will to his. Jesus provided our example of surrender. As his Disciples, we have a responsibility to consistently respond to God’s call to action with complete surrender and obedience, so that his plans for us flourish despite the obstacles to thwart it…
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Conformity to the will of God is central in learning to abide in Christ Jesus.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
John 6:38 (CSB)
Jesus himself states that his entire purpose was focused around doing the will of God who sent him to be among us. It is his response to the question of ‘why go live among your creation’?
Of course, this is only underscored with his prayer nearing the time of his crucifixion, when he asked his father once again if it is possible to allow this cup of suffering to pass by him, but none the less, surrendering his will to his fathers will.
There is a distinct difference between simply believing in the grace of Christ and becoming his Disciple. You could possibly look at salvation as spiritual emergency care. It staves off the immediate danger and stabilizes the patient for transport and transition to greater care and healing. It is the minimum necessary to accomplish the goal of securing life.
Now admittedly, the analogy isn’t completely accurate, but it does serve as a very good perspective on why each and every follower of Jesus needs to transition to greater care in the hands of the Great Healer. The purpose of a hospital ER, is to facilitate life-saving measures and to target the future follow up of the patient’s medical care moving forward.
Jesus calls us to die to the old self so that we might accept the new life he gives is through his grace and mercy on us. We were/are dying at the point when we give our lives to him and we give up that old life to accept this new life in him.
But just exactly as the staff in the ER of the hospital are going to do what is immediately needed, there is an expectation of follow up with specialists, and general practitioners in order to continue on a path of a progressively more healthy existence, salvation accommodates the immediate need but if we are going to become more healthy followers of Christ we must continue the required follow up.
Not doing the followup, leaves us in a degraded state of health, at a greater risk.
Once we are spiritually stabilized, the spiritual prescription for following is always the same for each and every individual, regardless of their skills and ability.
You see, in our analogy, there is only one risk, sin. Salvation covers sin, but the intent of the Great Physician is that we be healed fully and He places us on a regiment of being his Disciple!
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Luke 6:40 (CSB)
A Christian that doesn’t follow up on their salvation is like the one who enters the ER near death and upon treatment which saves their life, walks out of that hospital never to fill the prescriptions they’ve been given or follow up with the medical professionals that they have been directed to.
You could argue that the danger has passed and there is no further need to follow the instructions of the ER staff. But then it brings in to question, what the core function of the ER was in the first place. It’s not to keep us from death, but to point us to life and health.
We completely circumvent the process by not doing the followup.
For the follower of Jesus Christ, that means becoming his Disciple, so we may become a follower “who is fully trained” and we “will be like (their) his teacher.”
Like that tree growing out of the rock in the middle of the lake. This growth and development are going to take place when the prescribed set of things are accomplished. Because of grace, we will live but we can only flourish in that grace if we surrender our will and follow the will of Jesus.
It simply doesn’t matter what our environmental circumstances are, we will abound in the mercy and grace applied to us if we follow the instruction to be his Disciples.
A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
John 10:10 (CSB)
The “abundance” of life that Jesus spoke of here has not even begun with salvation. That life of abundance takes place as we fully surrender our will to the will of Jesus and become true Disciples of his. Without that commitment, we only visit the ER and get patched up enough to live another day.
Jesus wants more for us. He wants us to strive in abundant life with him forever. This he intends to provide to us today, now. It only requires us being surrendered to him.
It will make a visible difference in both your life and your personal testimony to everyone around you.
“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35 (CSB)
Just as Jesus loves us, we are to love one another. Just as Jesus made his will circumvent to the Fathers will, we are to circumvent our will to Christ.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.
John 15:7-8 (CSB)
The prescription is clear, we must take up our cross daily and follow Jesus. That cross is our instruction to be his Disciple, to follow him, to do what he does, to be what he calls us to be, and to obey his commands.
And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:38 (CSB)
Yes, first and foremost, new life must be imparted to the spiritually dying world. An application of grace provides that new life.
But if we are going to see that new life grow to a life of abundance thriving in that grace, it’s going to take follow up and commitment to the prescribed course, to follow the Great Physician and be his Disciple, committed to being where he directs, doing what he calls us to, and abiding in him.