It doesn’t matter what, you find yourself doing, do it for Jesus. While this may sound a bit problematic for certain settings, it isn’t; not if we are in the will of God.
1 Peter 4:10-11 (GNT)
Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God.
Those who preach must preach God’s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever.
I talk a lot about surrender, because surrender is essential, first, to becoming a follower of Jesus, and second, if we are going to live successful lives for Jesus. Surrender is, as a matter of fact, the first step in fortifying our relationship with God.
If you are really a follower of Christ Jesus, you then naturally want to have a close relationship with Him. The two are inseparable really. But if this is the case, why do so many ‘Christians’ fail to follow?
In every case, it is my conclusion, that it is because we refuse to surrender.
Romans 12:1-2 (GNT)
So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
Our being; our bodies, our intellect, our emotions, and our spirit; sacrificed to Christ. We are to be dedicated to His service; nothing else.
This is what is pleasing and perfect to Jesus.
So, when we find ourselves in what some might call a ‘dead end job’; we should, do that job, as if we are doing it for Christ. Furthermore, we should present a demonstration of how Jesus would act if performing that task.
Colossians 3:17 (GNT)
Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.
It is not only the work place that falls into this, it extends to every facet of our lives and everything we do.
If you had to, end everything you say, with the phrase, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”, do you think you might hesitate a bit with some of your speech?
Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 (GNT)
Be careful about going to the Temple. It is better to go there to learn than to offer sacrifices like foolish people who don’t know right from wrong.
Think before you speak, and don’t make any rash promises to God. He is in heaven and you are on earth, so don’t say any more than you have to.
Solomon had some good advice for the Israelite’s, but don’t blow this off as just being something you need to be concerned about when you head into church.
We have two things here that raise the bar for the Christian. Our bodies ARE the temple of God the Spirit and the Holy Spirit LIVES in us, so God is always, not only in our presence, He is IN US. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
This makes our speech totally in play, but if you consider Colossians 3:17, it’s not just what we say, it is all we do as well.
I Surrender All
Galatians 2:19-20 (GNT)
So far as the Law is concerned, however, I am dead—killed by the Law itself—in order that I might live for God. I have been put to death with Christ on his cross, so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.
When you consider, what we exchange when we accept the Grace of Jesus, it becomes difficult to understand how anyone can consider that there is a grey area here.
We are ‘bought for a price’. Jesus ‘paid it all’. I am ‘redeemed’
There is a cost for us to complete this transaction; we must give our life to Jesus, to receive His Grace. It is transactional.
We get ‘grace’, so what is the other side of this transaction? Surrender! I surrender my life to Christ. He gave is life for me, so that I might have Grace; in return I give my life to Him, so it no longer belongs to me.
If you have made this transaction then as Paul says, we are not our own. The old me is dead, it was crucified with Christ. Today it isn’t me that lives but Christ living in me that sustains me.
How then, do we find the justification to disobey Him, to not follow in his will, to act, talk, and look like the world? The answer is that there is no justification.
If you’ve given your life to Jesus, then by rights it is ‘all for Jesus’.
Not just on Sunday morning. Not just when it is convenient. Not only during your study time in His Word.
All day, every day, 24/7, we belong to Jesus and we should behave, speak, and appear as we are His.
24/7? When would you like your period of grace to start and end. You want part time coverage? He doesn’t do part time coverage. He gave it all for us so that He might have all of us!
Mark 8:34 (NKJV)
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
“Deny himself”, that requires surrender at every juncture. Surrender what we are doing, to him and do, what He wills us to do. Surrender what we say because these are no longer our words, but the words we speak should be His, coming from our mouth. Surrender our thinking to be focused on the things, He would will us to ponder.
It’s when we think on our own, with our own desires and passions, that we fail to live up to the obligation that we have entrusted our soul to, by taking advantage of His Grace.
We are talking complete surrender. Giving all of us to Jesus. Not holding back, a thing.
All to Jesus, I surrender.
All to Him, I freely give.
I will ever, love and trust Him.
In His presence daily Live!
Surrender, All to Jesus!