By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“There are many who have accepted Christ as their Lord, but have never yet come to the final, absolute surrender of everything.” – Andrew Murray
I think there are a lot of Christians who feel good but not great. They feel whole but not fulfilled. They feel relieved but not totally free. They have come to know Christ and they accept Him as their Lord and Savior. They have been forgiven. But they still find themselves with the compulsion to go further.
I believe those people have come to a tipping point of sorts in our Christian walk. A critical point in their situation where, just over the edge, a great change is about to take place. It’s a mountain that we struggle to get over.
It’s like that first hill of a roller coaster. The car carries you up and up and up until you come to the top. The point where it’s either get off or get going. The point of no return.
The tipping point.
I think many of us have come to the tipping point in our spiritual lives. The point where we have to decide whether to settle for offering just a small portion, or diving head first into complete surrender to God.
God places us at a crossroad where we have to make that decision. He says, “Either give it all to me, the good, the bad, the ugly, or keep some of it for yourself.”
There’s a difference between being devoted to God and being truly, wholly, wonderfully surrendered to Him.
Being totally surrendered to Him means that you are not your own but rather it is Christ who lives in you. It means that God makes you the best you that you can be.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Do you find yourself at that crossroads? At the edge of the diving board? At the tipping point?
You have a choice.
Stop here where its comfortable. Where you still have control. Where you find yourself whole but not fulfilled, relieved but not free, good but not great.
Or dive, head first, into total surrender.
Parents: Ask your children about the last time they were on a roller coaster or on a diving board. Explain to them how both of those experiences relate to the total surrender that God expects of us.