What would life be like if I was actually fully surrendered to God?
Perhaps the greatest thing that God has impressed upon my heart in the past few months is death.
Death to myself.
Imagine if I let go of everything in my life that sought to bring glory to myself. Imagine if I literally began to live out what John 3:30 says, “He must become greater; I must become less.”
Imagine if I truly surrendered to God everything that once was… everything that once captivated my heart.
What would happen?
God would take me and make me like Him.
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
“For if I build again those things which were destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.”
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus; that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
Death is a dark and ugly word. It is a gruesome and often painful act. But it needs to be said, it needs to be felt, and it needs to be lived, if we ever hope to have LIFE in Christ.
Death to self is the means to life in Christ.
It is impossible to live for Christ without first dying with Him.