Surrender is a nice Christian Ideal but it is so hard to live every day. It’s one thing to say Lord I surrender my life to You but it’s another thing to live with open hands. To Give Your Life Away to Be Still and Abide in God requires surrender and living with open hands around your time, talents and treasures.
Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
John 15:1-11 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
How many times have you prayed this? “Lord, I surrender. You gave your life away and so will I.”
Yes, Lord, All my life is Yours.
Well, I overslept this morning so these two minutes are yours while I read my verse of the day.
And if no one is watching at lunch You can have 30 seconds of prayer.
After I unwind with some me time I will try to squeeze in a Bible Study as well.
Forgive me, Jesus, yesterday was so busy I missed our time together.
I really mean to give You more of my time Lord but today is Yours, everything I have, use my life anyway You choose.
Except I’m really an introvert so I can’t volunteer where I have to talk to people.
Well, I could rock babies next Sunday but did you hear how Sister Mary talked to me last week? They must not need workers that bad if they act like that.
My neighbors? Yes, I know she just had a baby, but I don’t really know her well enough to bring her food. What do they like to eat anyway? I’ll help next time… Can’t I just give them a gift card?
Forgive me, Lord, I know I missed so many opportunities to serve You yesterday
But today is Yours. Here is my life, use it anyway You choose. Everything I have is Yours.
But we are really tight this month and I need to wait to tithe until next week so we can pay the credit card bill.
Um, I have a funny feeling about that homeless man, I won’t support his habit.
And the preacher has a nicer house then I do, does the church really need that extra gift that You are prompting me to give?
Learning to Be Still leads to learning to Abide in Christ which leads to a life fully surrendered to God
John 15:1-11 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Surrender is a type of giving. I know I know, giving is not a popular subject. When preachers start talking about giving or tithing, people get angry.
Anger as a response to giving that really confuses me because the heart of the matter is simple for the Christian.Anger as a response to giving that really confuses me because the heart of the matter is simple for the Christian. We are called to live with open hands. Click To Tweet
Jesus lived fully surrendered to God, giving everything He was and had in obedience to whatever God the Father asked of Him. If we are living this life like Jesus, we will be givers.Jesus lived fully surrendered to God, giving everything He was and had in obedience to whatever God the Father asked of Him. If we are living this life like Jesus, we will be givers. Click To Tweet
To Be Still and Abide in Christ freely with your time, talents and treasures you need to understand Three things:
Everything you have came from God.
Trying to cling to it, control it or withhold it from God seems crazy with that in mind!
Giving your money to support the local church, mission board or ministry is a basic discipline or principle of Christianity.
Giving has been a part of the Believers life as far back as Cane and Able. We quibble over 10% when that was just the basic place to start giving (Proverbs 3:9). And it was to be given with a Joyful heart (2 Corinthians 9:7)!
God entrusted you with time, talents and treasures, not for your own comfort but to further the Kingdom of God.
God has given each Believer gifts and talents, life experiences and training as He sees best. Giving your talents to help others… is the very reason you were given gifts and talents (2 Corinthians 9:8-11)!
Withholding your gifts from serving God hurts the body of Christ and it stops you from growing (Proverbs 3:27). All around it is counterproductive.
You can never outgive God.
Giving your time should be a natural extension of your love as your relationship with God grows. Like any relationship, time together energizes you, grows you and sends you out more full than when you came in!
But how does that work in a busy world? If you plan your day around your time with God instead of trying to squeeze that time into your other busy activities you will see there really is time!
What are the benefits of abiding in the Lord through Giving and Surrender?
Proverbs 18:16 A man’s gift makes room for him
Proverbs 11:25 The generous man will be prosperous
Luke 6:38 Give and it will be given to you
Matthew 6:2 Give in secret and God will bless you
Matthew 10:8 Freely you have received, freely give
When we learn how to abide in God’s word we cultivate a heart of generosity.
It begins with giving of our time and abiding in the vine, the Word of God!
Every time I think I come close to surrendering my whole life to God He shows me areas that I have held back. Today is no different. How about you?
I ask myself: Who is Jesus in your life really? Every excuse I began with came from my own life these past few years. I am guilty of not abiding in Christ. Living with closed fisted hands around the things I see as mine.
Can you relate?
What will you surrender to Gd today as we seek to abide in Christ? And I hear Him challenging me:
Will you give God your time?
- Stop right now and read a verse. Then sit with Him a while and let that verse sink in deeply enough to change you.
- The widow across the street just wants to talk, stop today before you pull the can back up the driveway.
- That child you are ignoring while on your phone right now, just wants to play a game with you. Or is that just me?
Will you give God your talents?
You have talents that could help others in your neighborhood, in your church, in another ministry. Will you find the part of the body of Christ that is waiting for you to serve?
Will you give God your treasures?
There are things you refuse to share, lend, or give away when there are needs. Things that you may have set up as idols… ouch.
- That money you tucked back for a rainy day and the book you know could help a friend.
- A tool a neighbor could really use that could open the door to a conversation about Jesus.
You know what you treasure… so does God.
Will you surrender to Him today?
A Pray to be still and abide in Christ by giving my life away
I am weak and frail and I fail you more days than not. Forgive me for holding so tight-fisted to this life. Forgive me for refusing to give You my time, talents or treasures.
Soften my heart. GIve me a boldness to say yes and open my hands to give back to You what you freely gave to me.