I surrender all is a tough statement that is practically hard to do. However in reality, Christians who live their lives not in surrender to Christ, experience needless pain, suffering, and frustration. In fact, in 1 Peter 5:10, we are told why that it is.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” – 1 Peter 5:10
Living a life surrendered to Christ – which is a path of suffering – assures us that we will be restored, confirmed, strengthened, and established during the suffering. It doesn’t take it away, but it allows us a perspective a John 10:10 here on Earth. The difference is Jesus!
John 15:1-17 is full of powerful words of Jesus that show His Grace and Truth. As a recap to our 5 part series on Grow, we look at the main point of the text, growing in Christ, means we have to abide in Him. Jesus Himself, said apart from Him, we can do nothing …That includes growing fruit. The term for abide in the Greek, is the word menw, and is used 120 times in the New Testament. John uses this term to relate to a new permanent home. Christ doesn’t just want to live in us, He wants us to live in Him too.
CS Lewis said ” The most valuable thing the Pslams do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance”.
If you have been around church, worship is familiar. But what makes us want to worship? It should be the same thing that made David dance … the goodness of Christ. Worship isn’t just when we sing songs, it can happen in our daily life by our attitude that God is God and we aren’t. John 3:30 says He must increase and we must decrease. This attitude can happen in our work. Work is where we spend the most time of our adult lives, and it is a place where people can witness the fruit that God is growing in our lives!