Surrendering Our Lives Totally to Christ

The challenge of surrendering our lives totally and completely to Christ can be better understood when we examine ourselves from his point of view. We must ask ourselves a few difficult questions in order to determine whether we are really sold out to God or not. Read

John 8:12
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Luke 9:23
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Luke 5:11
So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Mark 10:21
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

If you were whipped, flogged, beaten, and thrown in jail as some of the disciples were, would you still follow Jesus? I wonder sometimes if our idea of following the Lord means that life will be in perfect order and there will not be struggles and trials. That’s not what the Bible says. James 1:2 says: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”

Where are you willing to follow Jesus to? What if you had achieved great wealth while following the Lord and suddenly he said: “sell everything, give it to the poor and follow me to a different place now,” could you do this? Are you totally sold out to Jesus? Could you leave your place of employment in an instant if he said: “we are going this way now, quit your job, leave your belongings behind and follow me.” Do you trust him enough to do that? Is your treasure in heaven or on earth? What if your bills weren’t getting paid and the house and car were being foreclosed on, would you still follow him?

Jesus’ closest followers, his disciples were stoned, whipped, flogged, beheaded, crucified upside down, beaten, sometimes wrapped in chains and locked behind prison bars. In the middle of these types of situations they encountered angles and visions that reassured them that God was near. Don’t quit on God when things get tough. Just keep following him and he will direct your path. He never promised following him would be easy, but he did promise to light the way that we should go.

Being totally sold out to Jesus Christ is an amazing way to live. Surrendering to his will for our lives will bring peace into every situation that we may face. Trust him today with everything. He loves you very much.