The Cost of Giving Everything to God

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The Cost of Giving Everything to God

We are called to surrender our lives to God and give everything to Him. We are told in Romans 12:1-2, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will." However, this surrender comes at a cost. Jesus tells us in Luke 14:27, "And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple." In this discussion, we will explore the cost of giving everything to God and what it means to truly follow Him.

Taylor: This idea of or not this idea, but this deal with God that I fully in my heart, and whatever you want to do you can do it it may not be what I want or it may not be what I think is best but I'm gonna do it anyway.

The Cost and Reward of Surrendering to God

Jason stated the truth that we can have an abundant life in Christ by surrendering control and allowing God to manifest His power in all areas of our lives. This concept is grounded in scripture, as we are told in Proverbs 3:5-6 to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

However, Jason also acknowledges the cost of this surrender. In Luke 9:23-24, Jesus says, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it." This means that we must be willing to lay down our own desires and plans and submit to God's will, even if it means sacrificing things like money, comfort, and personal preferences.

But as he points out, this surrender also means redefining success in our minds. Instead of measuring success by worldly standards, we should measure it by obedience to God's leading. As Colossians 3:23-24 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

Ultimately, the cost of giving everything to God is worth it. We can trust that His plans for us are good (Jeremiah 29:11) and that He will provide for all our needs (Philippians 4:19). And as we obediently follow His leading, we can have the incredible privilege of being used by Him to impact the lives of others, just as Jason described.

Jason’s Practical Advice

Jason's practical advice to always say yes to God is grounded in scripture. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." This means that if we prioritize serving God and following His will, everything else will fall into place.

However, as Jason points out, there can be competing agendas that prevent us from fully experiencing the power of God in our lives. In 1 John 2:15-17, we are warned against loving the world and the things in it, as these things will pass away. Instead, we should focus on doing God's will, which is eternal.

By saying yes to God preemptively, we are affirming our commitment to following His will, even if it means sacrificing our own desires or plans. In Proverbs 16:3, we are told to commit our plans to the Lord and our plans will be established. This means that if we trust God and follow His leading, He will guide us toward success and fulfillment, even if it looks different from what we originally envisioned.

When we fully surrender to God's will, we can experience His power in every aspect of our lives, just as Jason described. In Ephesians 3:20, we are told that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. When we say yes to God, we open ourselves up to His limitless power and potential.

So let us take Jason's advice and decide ahead of time to always say yes to God. By doing so, we can experience the fullness of His power and presence in our lives, and be used as powerful tools to impact the lives of those around us.

Allowing the Holy Spirit to Guide Us

Putting the Holy Spirit in charge of our lives is rooted in scripture. In Romans 8:14, we are told that those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. This means that if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we can have confidence in our identity as children of God.

However, as Jason notes, following the Holy Spirit's leading can sometimes be uncomfortable or unsettling. In John 16:13, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, but this guidance may challenge our preconceived notions or lead us out of our comfort zones.

When we surrender our lives to God, we are acknowledging that He is the one in control. In Galatians 2:20, Paul says, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." This means that our lives are not our own, but belong to Christ.

Surrendering our lives to God is not a legalistic requirement, but rather a response to His love and grace. In Romans 12:1, Paul urges us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This sacrifice is not based on obligation but on a desire to honor and serve God with our whole lives.

By putting the Holy Spirit in charge of our lives and surrendering to God's will, we can develop a deeper intimacy with Him. In James 4:8, we are told to draw near to God and He will draw near to us. When we prioritize our relationship with God above all else, we can experience His peace and presence in every aspect of our lives.

Surrender our lives to God, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us into deeper intimacy with Him. As we do so, we can find true security in Him alone and experience the abundant life that He has promised us.

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