Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Truly Surrendered Life

"Many give up everything to go into full time ministry except themselves. The unsurrendered self is the last thing we give up." (Rick Warren)
I've been thinking quite a bit lately about what a life lived like the Jesus presented in the Gospel Matthew would look like. As I read this quote, I could not help but think of Christ's words in passages like Matthew 20:28 where He states "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." It leads nicely right into the passion week account where we find Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane crying out to the Father in agony as He states the following two confessions; "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will" (Matthew 26:39) and "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done." (Matthew 26:42)
As I've thought about this, I am amazed at how often pastor's are willing to publicly remind people how much they have given up to follow Jesus and serve as an undershepherd. It is as if we've settled for second best and are quick to point out how much we've surrendered for Jesus' sake. But, it would appear to me that what we remind people of,with great drama I must state, is all related to external and temporal items such as salaries, evenings at home, bigger houses and cars etc...
Rick Warren may just be on to something with his quote above as it is far easier to surrender all the worldly things that people see rather than our very hearts which King Jesus is most interested in. If Christ is truly our example, then He not only surrendered the creature comforts of planet earth but also His very heart to the Father and His will for His life. Something worth chewing on for sure...


Andy Spade said...

A hard teaching, Tim. It reminded me of I Corinthians 13 - "If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing."

Thanks for the reminder that our calling is so much higher than we have made it out to be.

"He must become greater, I must become less." John 3:30

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thank you for your words of inspiration.. it is greatly appreciated, we need more of those

moonberrie said...

Thank you for your inspiring blog! It is a true, and beautiful one!!
I always have so much trouble `doing what Jesus would have done`in fear that i will get trampled by society.
Your blog is a reminder to try!
Jesus didn`t care if Society trampled him, he was with God.