Friday, 28 December 2018
When I hear God say, “Write on service” two other words came to mind – sacrifice and surrender. The Bible tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice.
“For rebellion is as serious as the sin of divination (fortune-telling), and disobedience is as serious as false religion and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you as king.”
In 1 Samuel 15, Saul chose to keep the Amalekite king Agag alive and took the plunder from the battle rather than destroy everything as God had commanded. When Samuel confronted him, Saul defended himself saying that he did obey the Lord… doing the other things that God had commanded him to do.
Then, Saul confessed that he had sinned and violated the Lord’s command and Samuel’s instructions. He was afraid of the men and so he gave in to them (1 Samuel 15:24). Saul admitted that his sacrifice was a transgression [sin] and was against God’s command. It was the result of seeking the approval of people.
We have to be very careful. In our attempts to look good in serving God, there is the temptation to perform certain duties rather than to truly obey God. Even good activities, such as giving money to charity, attending church services, or praying in public, are not as important to God as obeying His commands.
In Christianity, the first main principle of surrender is ‘dying to self’ to allow Christ to live through the believer. Another principle central to the Christian concept of surrender is the concept of surrender to God’s Will.
Dear Creator God, Redeemer, Father God,
You are worthy of our praise and worship. You are worthy!
World Challenge: The surrendered life is the act of giving back to Jesus the life He granted us. It’s relinquishing control, rights, power, direction, all the things we do and say. It’s totally resigning our life over to His hands, to do with us as He pleases.
Dear Holy Spirit, help us live the surrendered life! Jesus lived a surrendered life. He came down from heaven not to do His own will but the will of the Father who sent Him (John 6:38). Christ never did anything on His own. Christ is our model. We must follow Him.
O Father God, help us to be totally immersed in Christ so that Your redemptive plan for our dark and fallen world will come to pass without further delay. Have Your way with us – each and every one of us.
In conclusion, I would like to encourage all believers to seek God’s counsel before doing anything. Even the good deeds need His endorsement.
Lam Yee Ling