A Life Surrendered To God

August 26, 2016

A Life Surrendered To God

Some time after he accepted Christ as his Savior, D. L. Moody said, “The world has yet to see what God can do in and through a man totally surrendered to God. By God’s grace, I want to be that man.” Thousands of people came to know Christ as their Savior through his ministry.

The first step for a young person must always be that of accepting Christ as his Savior. It shouldn’t just be some words spoken that don’t come from the heart. It must begin in his heart and then it will be manifest in his life. The second step is when he surrenders his life to God to be willing to do his will. Altogether too often young people want to reserve for themselves the right to make their own decisions and do what they want to do. When they go that way their life is a sad story of what could have been. They make many make many foolish decisions and show a great lack of discernment.

Young people who aren’t believers in Christ are easily influenced by their friends. Even those who are believers are also influenced. It is unfortunate, but many young people of this world don’t give much thought to what they would like to do with their life. For that reason, they aren’t motivated to study and get an education. Somehow they like to think they will get a good job with good pay and live well without making any preparation for it.

Young man, young lady, if you have accepted Christ as your Savior he wants to guide you. You need his direction. In Romans 12:1-2 he offers to give it to you. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” No one is more capable of guiding you than God. In Psalm 143:10 David said “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” For some reason, many Christian young people are afraid to surrender their life to God. Maybe it’s because they think he may ask them to do something they wouldn’t want to do. It is a lie of Satan. In Psalm 40:8 David said “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” In Romans 12:2 we read that God’s will is both good and acceptable. It also says it is perfect. If you are surrendered to God, it will be a delight to do what he asks you to do.

The leading reason for why we have such a lack of Christian workers is that few Christian young people are willing to surrender their life to God. He isn’t going to guide all who surrender to him into some type of spiritual ministry. God also needs Christian lawyers, doctors, nurses, mechanics and truck drivers. All should feel that they are serving God by what they do. If you surrender your life to God he isn’t going to call you to be a good for nothing bum and a burden to society. He is going to make it possible for you to contribute something to society.

Not all my readers are young people. Something needs to be said also to those who are middle aged. Many of them wonder if they haven’t missed God’s calling for them. If you fall into that category, there is still time for you to surrender your life to God. You don’t have as much of your life to give to God as young people do, but you can give him the rest of your life. I know a man who was a successful farmer in his late 20s, when he felt that God had something better for him to do. He surrendered his life to God. God led him to put his farm up for sale and sell at public auction almost everything he had. Then God led him to go to a mission field where he used his talents as a mechanic and in construction. Later God led him to other places where he did the same. He is now nearing retirement age, but he is still active as a helper in Christian work projects. He made wise investments of the money he received from the sale of his farm and equipment. As a result, for the most part, he has been self supporting.

When your life’s work is over, will you have anything to show for it? In I Corinthians 3:15 we read of some who “shall be saved, yet as by fire.” If you surrender your life to God, in the end you will hear him say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21).

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