I slept in real late today. I was awakened by the sounds of the Supremes giggling and laughing. I took my time getting up and chatted with the girls. I told them about our plan for the day and began to get ready. After taking them to the bank to deposit their money and coming home, the song "I Surrender All" popped into my head. I began to think about this time I am spending getting closer to God. I know that in order to be successful, I must be willing to surrender all to God.
That's a hard thing for most people to imagine. How can one surrender everything to someone they've never seen? But for me, not doing so is not an option. I know how my life was before God and after experiencing it with Him for over 10 years now, I couldn't imagine it being any other way. Most people who follow God don't truly surrender. They give up some things but they still hold on to things they feel is not that bad or isn't an issue for them in their walk. But if you want to truly be who God wants you to be, you must be willing to give it ALL up!!! Yes the cussing, certain kind of music, the gossiping, the drinking. Some of those things are not necessarily sins, but they can put you in situations that will hurt your testimony or prevent you from being an effective witness. I know it doesn't sound fair but it wasn't fair that and innocent man had to die so we could live. So since we are following Christ, and we want to be more like Him, we must remember that doing so will sometimes require us to give up things we don't want to.
The wonderful thing about God is, He is a loving and giving God. He will always honor the sacrifices we make to serve Him. So all though we may have to give up some of the things we enjoy, know the blessings He gives us in return, will be much greater. A true child of God obeys and listens, no matter how hard it is. Q