Signs Series; Part 4: Surrender . . .
From prayer and communication, to understanding the signs God gives us and acting on those signs to cleanse our lives, we move into the last part of this series to wrap them all together: surrender.
This verse encompasses the very essence of surrendering our lives to Christ. It first starts with a choice; to dedicate, or not dedicate our lives to God. What follows next tells us how we are to follow Him, with a powerful reminder of the cross. The cross symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made to cleanse us of our sins and give us a rightful place in Heaven with God. However, it also symbolizes a burdensome load of pain, torture, weariness and brokenness; all of which God experienced on the way to His crucifixion due to His immense love for us.
With that being said, God instructs us to DENY ourselves - deny sin and sinful companions, ungodliness, materialistic and worldly lusts that we hold within - take up our CROSS - willingly, humbly, and patiently bear the burden of affliction, trial, temptation and evil out of our love and pursuit of Christ (because it’s what Jesus did for us) - and FOLLOW Him -seek God’s will, exercising grace, humility, zeal, patience, kindness and all fruits of the spirit.
Verse 25 shows us the product of our obedience (or disobedience). Whoever “saves their lives”, that is, denies God and preserves the pleasures and comforts of life, worldly honor, wealth, etc. will lose his life: the promise and blessing of eternal life, Heaven, and God’s companionship. However, those who are willing to forego such earthly pleasures for the sake of the Lord will find the joy of eternal life in Heaven.
Now I know some of us have the “okay, big whoop” mentality right now, which is understandable, but why is this so important?
It’s important because it’s the answer many of us have been praying for. What any person who’s on their walk with God can attest to is that, while there are many trials and temptations that come in our path of carrying our cross with Christ, the life He is capable of providing far outweighs and supersedes what we could ever imagine for ourselves. (Continue in comments below)