This is a little personal testimony a little devotional. I use my own experience as an example because I know first-hand the struggle I had and the joy that has ensued as a result of my surrender to the Lord.
For years I ran from the Lord. In hindsight, running from God is one of the dumbest things we can do, but I did for about 30 years. It doesn’t matter what circumstances came into play that put me in the position of a fleeing child.
I gave my heart to Jesus when I was 8 years old, I grew up in a Christian home dedicated to serving the Lord. My last three years of high school was in our churches Christian school. I left high school and was headed for college to become a minister of the Gospel.
It was there when began my run.
Roughly 30 years later my life had come to a tipping point and I surrender my life in rededication to Jesus. It was at that time that I determined that whatever paths God had in mind for me I would follow. The passage that I clung to was this.
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)
I wasn’t sure what God had in mind, or what lay instore for me, but I was willing to surrender completely to whatever He had on my plate, waiting for me.
I will not tell you that everything has been a bed or roses since that day. In fact, by the world’s standards, I have little to nothing to show for the years of commitment and minor spiritual bumps along the way.
In contrast, I have been blessed beyond measure with a relationship with Jesus that I never had realized until rededication. I can see looking back over the years that God’s hand of protection has been on me constantly.
It hasn’t been easy, but my joy is full, and despite challenges, I’m reminded that God is in control. When things seem insurmountable, I’m in exactly the position that he wants me to be so He can show his power and be glorified.
As a result, there are a number of ministries that I’ve been led to and in each, it is Him that gives me the strength and ability to power through.
Here am I Send me!
I want to challenge each of you who call yourselves Christian, to examine your lives and your commitment to Jesus. Are you ready or have you said “Lord, here am I send me”! You don’t need to hear a specific call, just surrender yourselves and listen; ready to take action when He does direct you.
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:34-38 (NLT)
If we really want to be who Jesus died for us to become, there is a commitment that is expected. With that commitment comes a likely possibility that life will not be a bed or roses. In fact, hundreds of thousands of those who said it, and have suffered physical and mental torture because of it.
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.
2 Timothy 1:8 (NLT)
We should never be ashamed of the Gospel, nor should be intimidate by the calling he directs us to. It doesn’t matter our strength and ability, if God calls us to it, He will bring us through it. Be ready to suffer, but also realize that joy isn’t dependent on everything going our way. There is joy even in the midst of sorrow.
Here am I Lord, send me!
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT)
That holy life is when we in obedience to Jesus take up that cross of ours daily and follow him. Allowing Him to shape us into the nearest representation of our Lord and Master as possible.
When you can come to that “Point of Commitment” and tell Jesus, here am I send me; we can begin to see the joy our salvation in a way we never have imagined before!
In His Grace!