Did you know it’s possible to be a Christian and still not allow God to be fully Lord of your life?
Taken by Eunha Oh from the last October DTS
This week we learned about the needs to have Jesus as Lord of our lives, not just our assurance that we’ll go to heaven.
So we asked God what areas He could highlight to us where we’ve retained control of.
He showed us a lot of things we needed to lay down, like our time, relationships, even our thinking that we know what country we will always live in. We layed down computers and passports and photos of friends and families as representations that God calls the shots in our lives! It was powerful as we faced the reality of what it can mean to follow Jesus. It’s not easy stuff! But anything less than our whole lives could result in some mediocre…potentially boring Christianity. And who wants that?
We’re learning to embrace all the possible crazy things God asks us to do knowing that there is joy in serving God!
I’ll leave us with one of my favorite CS Lewis quotes where he compares Christianity to swimming in the ocean. In the lead up to this, he says how we can kind of dabble in God’s love still firmly linked with our ‘lifelines’ to the shore, those things we hold onto to the shore, or we can trust God fully and embrace the ocean of his love and life that he has for us.
“For of course that lifeline is really a death line. There is no parallel to praying taxes and living on the remainder. For it is not so much of our time and so much of our attention that God demands; it is not even all our time and all our attention; it is ourselves. For each of us the Baptists words are true: ‘He must increase and I decrease.’ He will be infinitely merciful to our repeated failures; I know no promise that He will accept a deliberate compromise. For He has, in the last resort, nothing to give us but Himself; and He can give that only insofar as our self-affirming will retires and makes room for Him in our souls. Let us make up our minds to it; there will be nothing ‘of our own’ left over to live on, no ‘ordinary life’. I do not mean that each of us will necessarily be called to be a martyr or even an ascetic. That’s as may be. For some (nobody knows which) the Christian life will include much leisure, many occupations we naturally like. But these will be received from God’s hands.” —CS Lewis
The next DTS’s start on January 11th and it’s not to late to be a part of one of them!